• Sylvia (2003)


Release Date: October 24th, 2003

DVD Release Date: February 10th, 2004

R |1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary

Young Sylvia Plath (Gwyneth Paltrow) dreams of becoming an important writer. Her childhood is scarred by the unexpected loss of her father, and by the time she enrolls in college Sylvia has become emotionally fragile, suffering from depression. In 1955, she travels to Cambridge, England, to study literature, and falls in love with well-known poet Ted Hughes (Daniel Craig). As she struggles to balance a rocky marriage and growing literary success, Sylvia becomes increasingly obsessed with death.

Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Daniel Craig, Jared Harris, Amira Casar, Andrew Havill, Sam Troughton, Lucy Davenport, Blythe Danner

Director: Christine Jeffs

Genres: Romance , Drama , Biography

Production Co: BBC

Distributors: Focus Features

Keywords: Intense, Father, House, 1960s, 1940s, Quest, Fall, Husband, 1950s, Emotional, Death, 1930s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 40
    Michael RechtshaffenThe Hollywood Reporter

    This feature glimpse into the Bell Jar is an exercise in drudgery, with nothing particularly insightful or revealing to say about the charter member of the Suicidal Poets Society and the artistic endeavor in which she would make her indelible mark. show more

  • 63
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Despite an exceptional performance by Paltrow, whose Plath is a layer cake of infinite intelligence and bottomless need, Jeffs' film is an icy affair lacking the fever of Plath's and Hughes' poems. show more

  • 50
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The movie doesn't shed much light on their famously contentious marriage. Instead, it spreads gloom all around.

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