Absolutely love this film. So visually gorgeous and Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw are fantastic in it. I love John Keats, but it's more down to Jane Campion's directing that made me enjoy this film so much.
I watched Bright Star for the first time four days ago, and have since watched it another three times. It is such a beautiful film. It has stirred something deep inside me, and left me wanting more. Pure, honest, unadulterated love. Before Bright Star, I was not familiar with John Keats' work; now I have read "La belle dame sans merci" enough times to recite it from memory.
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)