Benediction

Terence Davies

P&I Selection 2022

  • 137'
  • United Kingdom
  • 2021

When award-winning British filmmaker Terence Davies (Distant Voices, Still Lives, 1988) focuses his camera on a historical figure, classic craftsmanship with a few surprising twists is guaranteed. For instance, this biopic about poet Siegfried Sassoon flits back and forth through time, with Davies cannily employing archival footage, to make the horrors of World War One tangible.

Sassoon was injured while serving on the front, and was decorated for his courage upon his return. However, his poetry made him one of the most renowned critics of the war. He was much loved in aristocratic and artistic circles, and had affairs with a number of men, in his search for acceptance as a gay man. He nevertheless decided to marry a woman. The wonderfully complex role of Sassoon is played – in an understated manner – by Jack Lowden, known for Dunkirk (2017) and his portrayal of the vocalist Morrissey in England is Mine (2017).

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Director
Terence Davies
Country of production
United Kingdom
Year
2021
Festival Edition
P&I Selection 2022
Length
137'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producer
Michael Elliott
Production Company
Emu Films
Sales
Bankside Films
Screenplay
Terence Davies
Cinematography
Nicola Daley
Editor
Alex Mackie
Production Design
Andy Harris
Sound Design
Stephen Griffiths, Andy Shelley, Adam Fletcher
Cast
Jack Lowden, Simon Russell Beale, Peter Capaldi, Jeremy Irvine, Kate Phillips, Gemma Jones, Ben Daniels