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PG| 1 hr. 59 min.

Plot Summary
In 1818, high-spirited young Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish) finds herself increasingly intrigued by the handsome but aloof poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw), who lives next door to her family friends the Dilkes. After reading a book of his poetry, she finds herself even more drawn to the taciturn Keats. Although he agrees to teach her about poetry, Keats cannot act on his reciprocated feelings for Fanny, since as a struggling poet he has no money to support a wife.

Cast: Abbie Cornish , Ben Whishaw , Paul Schneider , Kerry Fox , Edie Martin , Thomas Brodie Sangster , Claudie Blakley , Gerard Monaco

Director: Jane Campion

Genres: Drama, Romance

Distributor: Apparition

Bright Star (2009)

Release Date: September 16th, 2009|1 hr. 59 min.

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critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 17 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Bright Star is the New Zealand writer-director's raw, sensual attempt to render Keats as experienced by a young girl who couldn't understand the genius of his verse. show more

  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    A fine-boned, luminous tribute to Keats and the sufferings of love. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    What the film does best is remind us of the brilliance of Keats flame and how it was extinguished far too early. show more

  • April 22, 2010 drarthurwells
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    Beautifully made Jane Campion film. Quiet and reflective rather than exploitative of viewer's base emotions. For the thoughtful person appreciative of artistic film making.

  • November 28, 2009 awankel
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    Only a true snob would not love this movie. The pastoral scenes alone are worth the experience. Glorious costumes, and the insight into the mind of a great poet. The scene when Keats describes to his lady, how a poet would experience a dive into the water..sets the tone for the rest of the film.

  • November 11, 2009 callam9774
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    A really disappointing film. It appeared to have been put together from a series of outtakes. There was no chemistry betwwen the two lead characters. Ben Winshaw, I believe was badly caste as Keats and possessed no charisma. The film was overlong and one paced, and so dry as to have been almost unpalatable.

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Framed: Bright Star

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Alison Nastasi on Mar 31st, 2011 9:00PM

I confess, 'Bright Star' made me utterly lovesick, and it managed to do so without boldly dotting its tragic moments. Its whispers, hints, and suggestions will leave you floating. Jane Campion's...

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