Rated PG · 119 minutes · 2009

Drama, Romance
This story of Fanny Brawne, John Keats’ girlfriend in the final years of his short life, is nicely shot and has some inventive moments. Unfortunately, it’s overly long and becomes intensely dull as writer/director Jane Campion makes cuddle porn by endlessly shooting Keats (Ben Whishaw) and Fanny (Abbie Cornish) playing huggy-snuggles and rubbing their noses together as their lips almost meet in forbidden-but-chaste kisses. If you can tolerate an hour of that stuff, the film offers some true delights, like a room full of butterflies and Paul Schneider putting on a beer gut and a Scottish brogue to play Keats’ good friend Charles Brown. But the film becomes increasingly dull as it goes on, though it does culminate with a devastating performance by Cornish, who’s a good enough actress that she will probably one day be famous for much more than having done Heath Ledger.

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Official Site: www.brightstar-movie.com
Director: Jane Campion
Producer: Jan Chapman, Caroline Hewitt, David M. Thompson, François Ivernel, Cameron McCracken and Christine Langan
Cast: Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw, Paul Schneider, Kerry Fox, Edie Martin, Thomas Sangster, Claudie Blakley, Gerard Monaco and Antonia Campbell-Hughes


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Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week Bright Star, Capitalism: A Love Story, The Invention of Lying and more. 10/01/2009
The Coast Halifax Beautiful Bright Star Jane Campion's poetic romance is wonderfully observed. by Hillary Titley 10/01/2009
The Coast Halifax Love and poetry Bright Star and Love & Savagery by Carsten Knox 09/17/2009
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Charleston City Paper Bright Star depicts poet John Keats' doomed romance Tenderness may be one of the hardest things to find on movie screens. Hollywood, at least, seems to prefer acrobatic sex and heart-quickening paroxysms of violence. by Felicia Feaster 09/23/2009
Portland Mercury Nothing More than Feelings Bright Star's exercise in sensitivity lacks some sense. by Marjorie Skinner 09/24/2009

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