Directed by Jane Campion • 2009 • United Kingdom, France
Starring Ben Whishaw, Abbie Cornish, Paul Schneider
Jane Campion’s rapturous period romance is an exquisite vision of transcendent love set in the literary world of the nineteenth century. A secret affair begins between twenty-three-year-old English poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw) and the girl next door, Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish), a spirited and outspoken student of fashion. This unlikely pair begins at odds, he thinking her a stylish minx, she unimpressed by literature in general. Gradually, the two lovers find themselves swept away by powerful new sensations and a wave of romantic obsession—even as fate conspires to tear them apart. With a visual lyricism that echoes the sensuous romanticism of Keats’s verse, Campion evokes a world where, though life may be fleeting, great art—and great love—last forever.