London 1818: a secret love affair begins between 23 years old English poet, John Keats and the girl next door Fanny Brawne, an out-spoken student of fashion. This unlikely pair started at odds; he thinking her a stylish minx, while she unimpressed by literature in general. It was the illness of Keats's younger brother that drew them together. Keats was touched by Fanny's efforts to help and agreed to teach her poetry. By the time Fanny's alarmed mother end Keats's best friend Brown realised their attachment, the relationship had an unstoppable momentum. Intensely and helplessly absorbed in each other, the young lovers were swept into powerful new sensations, "I have the feeling as if I were dissolving", Keats wrote to her. Together they rode a wave of romantic obsession that deepened as their troubles mounted. Only Keats's illness proved insurmountable.
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Ratings and Reviews
Critics Consensus: Jane Campion's direction is as refined as her screenplay, and she gets the most out of her cast -- especially Abbie Cornish -- in this understated period drama.
Romantic, moving film unlikely to interest tweens.
Cast & Crew
- TVA Films
- © Pathe Productions limited, Screen Australia, British Broadcasting Corporation, UK Film Council, New South Wales Film and Television Office and Jan Chapman Productions PTY Ltd 2009
- English (Stereo, Dolby)