Bright Star


Convincing intimacy between the leads makes this period drama stand above the rest

Plotting the affair between Romantic poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw) and no-nonsense seamstress Fanny (Abbie Cornish), Jane Campion’s comeback film thrives on tenderness and artless artistry.

The familiar story recalls Campion’s previous tales of complex, fraught heroines, but is elevated by its leads’ sensual intimacy.

When they talk in the extras of embracing “instinct”, it sounds less like actorly guff than fair description.

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