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Rated PG · 119 min. · 2009

Drama, Romance
Filmmaker Jane Campion tries something difficult — to show the life and times of English poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw) and his inamorata Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish), circa 1818, with only a minimum of “love handles” to help 21st-century audiences understand the Romantic Era. The effort falls a few yards short. Keats is a dreamer with “no living and no income” who sits around with his boorish friend Charles Armitage Brown (overacting Paul Schneider) composing odes; Fanny is a headstrong but indecisive “minxstress” whose on-again, off-again canoodlings with Keats take place amid gorgeous bucolic imagery (lensed by Greig Fraser). The effect is cool and dry where it should be joyously moist. They make romantic drama the old-fashioned way: they Urn it. Written and directed by Campion (The Piano) as her first full-length feature since 2003’s In the Cut (119 min.).
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Director: Jane Campion
Writer: Jane Campion
Producer: Jan Chapman Films
Cast: Paul Schneider, Abbie Cornish, Thomas Sangster, Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox, Samuel Barnett, Samuel Roukin, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Sebastian Armesto and Antonia Campbell-Hughes


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