Image: restrained lyricism: “Production of emotion determined by a resistance to emotion” (Bresson), i.e. a Protestant aesthetic.
Sound: encompassing but *resolutely* sensual (the calculated dry susurrus of hand brushing reeds)
The Keatsian quest: An invitation to emotion by suspension (Aufhebung) of resistance: an “easeful Death”, negative capability, sensual (CONTD in comments)
"The point of diving into a lake is not immediately to swim to the shore but to be in the lake, to luxuriate in the sensation of water. You do not work the lake out, it is an experience beyond thought. Poetry soothes and emboldens the soul to accept the mystery."
Brilliantly directed and acted account of a famous love affair, unburdened by the mannered "period" trappings found in so many of those putrid made-for-export British TV dramas. So often actors seem unaccustomed to the language and cadences of the distant past, which makes their performances seem ludicrously mannered; but here, Campion coaxes wonderfully fresh turns from Cornish, Schneider and Whishaw. Gorgeous.
Belíssima fotografia, como um romance faz qualquer um morrer de dor, comigo não foi diferente. Fiquei louca pra ler os poemas de John Keats. Obviamente, cada filme tem um propósito [até não ter nenhum propósito é um propósito], acho que Bright Star cumpriu bem o seu.
A gorgeous, lyrical film, and one that stayed with me after it ended. It was one of those films, at least for me, that you don't know how much you enjoyed it until you realize that you are still playing it back in your head days later.
It's as if I saw a melodrama first time in my life, I always wanted, but was never satisfied. And it worked at last with this over-stylized film that isn't a period piece and certainly is not a biography, but a "waking dream" of unleashed emotions, abstract and intense, interspersed with so many realistic small details about human behavior.
Even if it is in somehow old-fashioned straightforward movie, finally after years we could watch a beautiful romantic story more far away than all cliches surround this type of movies. Is it story of love? ... Maybe more it is story of persistence ...
I, also, like to add that for me it is the best of Jane Campion.