Let’s be honest here: either you’re going to be excited about an Emily Dickinson movie, or you’re going to run fleeing. That’s fine. Titling the movie A Quiet Passion certainly isn’t going to win over any naysayers. In Terence Davies’ film, Cynthia Nixon plays the Amherst poet who wasn’t quite the recluse that everyone makes her out to be.Rather randomly, I just read a book declaring Davies “Britain’s greatest living filmmaker.” You’re forgiven if you don’t recognize his name, though; he’s not particularly prolific, and his biggest hit was the Gillian Anderson-fronted adaptation of Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth.
A Quiet Passion is playing this week at Jane Pickens Theater (49 Touro Street, Newport) and Avon Cinema (260 Thayer Street, Providence).