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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Gwyneth Paltrow
Daniel Craig
Jared Harris
Blythe Danner.
Directors
Christine Jeffs.
Screenwriters
John Brownlow.
Running Time
114 minutes

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Sylvia
Biopic of troubled poet Sylvia Plath.


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Plot
Poet and feminist icon Sylvia Plath famously gassed herself at 30, after a long struggle with mental illness. This biopic explores Sylvia's relationship with her husband and father of her two children, fellow poet Ted Hughes, from their first meeting at Cambridge in 1956...


Review
That Gwyneth Paltrow is being tipped for an Oscar nomination is no surprise, as her take on every girl student's favourite troubled poet, Sylvia Plath, really is quite special.

In Plath's darker moments - of which there are inevitably many - Paltrow excels, giving an emotional performance that captures perfectly Plath's despair and frustration with her own situation, as well as her envy of husband Ted Hughes. While she's stuck at home with the kids, Ted is busy romancing poetry groupies - or so she imagines.

As Sylvia becomes increasingly paranoid and unbalanced, Ted's patience runs out and their destructive, sometimes violent, marriage deteriorates further. Daniel Craig also weighs in with a strong performance as Hughes, whose gruff northern swagger makes him a hit with one too many ladies for Plath's liking.

Though the sketchy narrative could do with a bit of filling out, and the settings could be less gloomy, this is a memorable interpretation that benefits enormously from sound casting decisions.


Verdict
As dark and depressing as you'd expect, but in a good way.


Reviewed by Jane Howdle

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Sad And Glum.

It's a sad and moving true story about two poets who were deeply in love but it was brutally taken away by constant suspion and finally death for one of them. It's very heartbreaking and glum but the perfomances were outstanding from Gwyneth Paltrow and sexy Daniel Craig. In all, I will give it three stars. ... More

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