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Benediction  2021
Director:  Terence Davies
Producer:
  Michael Elliott
Art Director:
  Adam Tomlinson (supervisor)
Editor:
  Alex Mackie
Screenplay:
  Terence Davies
Director of Photography:
  Nicole Daley
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Cast:
spacer1 Jack Lowden
spacer1 Peter Capaldi
spacer1 Ben Daniels
spacer1 Gemma Jones
spacer1 Kate Phillips
spacer1 Anton Lesser
spacer1 Jeremy Irvine
people1 Geraldine James
spacer1 Simon Russell Beale
spacer1 Lia Williams
spacer1 Suzanne Bertish
spacer1 Calam Lynch
spacer1 Jack Lowden spacer1 Peter Capaldi spacer1 Ben Daniels
spacer1 Gemma Jones spacer1 Kate Phillips spacer1 Anton Lesser
spacer1 Jeremy Irvine people1 Geraldine James spacer1 Simon Russell Beale
spacer1 Lia Williams spacer1 Suzanne Bertish spacer1 Calam Lynch
spacer1 Jack Lowden spacer1 Peter Capaldi
spacer1 Ben Daniels spacer1 Gemma Jones
spacer1 Kate Phillips spacer1 Anton Lesser
spacer1 Jeremy Irvine people1 Geraldine James
spacer1 Simon Russell Beale spacer1 Lia Williams
spacer1 Suzanne Bertish spacer1 Calam Lynch

Synopsis:
In his first film about an openly gay man, Terence Davies (Distant Voices, Still Lives) casts Jack Lowden and Peter Capaldi to play poet Sassoon as a young man and in later life. Convalescing in a veterans’ hospital, and conveniently out of the public eye after publishing work that was sharply critical of the military decision-makers, Sasoon meets Wilfred Owen, a tender first relationship (if more of mind than body).

Employing a signature collage-style narrative that intercuts dramatic scenes with more expressive sequences, Davies counterpoints key moments in Sassoon’s life – his relationships with Ivor Novello and the aristocrat Stephen Tennant, as well as his later marriage to a woman – with beautiful readings of his poetry over montages of real images of soldiers in wartime. Featuring a wonderfully understated performance from Lowden, it’s a moving tribute to Sassoon, who grew to old age with bitter regret, having been unable to love and desire freely. It is also an elegant, mournful work that reflects on British queer histories.

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