Movie Diary 8/25/2009

Bright Star (Jane Campion, 2009). The romance of John Keats and Fanny Brawne, with much of Campion’s attention focused on the performances of Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish in those roles. Most intriguing element: Paul Schneider, that unusual actor, as Keats’s conflicted friend Charles Armitage Brown. (full review 9/18)

Lorna’s Silence (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2008). How the Dardennes come up with their knotty ethical tales is a mystery, and this is another tough slice of contemporary life – yet it tips into something like fable toward the end. (full review 8/28)