Movie Diary 8/10/2021

Vita & Virginia (Chanya Button, 2018). I’m prepping a program on female movie composers and Isobel Waller-Bridge did the music for this one, which I didn’t see the first time around. So. The music is interesting, anyway. A period piece about Virginia Woolf and her relationship with Vita Sackville-West, the movie groans with awkwardness, save for the scenes elevated by Elizabeth Debicki’s soulful performance as Woolf. (Gemma Arteton is Vita.) Otherwise, production design overwhelms everything. Footnote: Future Promising Young Woman director Emerald Fennell plays Vanessa Bell.