Sylvia Movie Review 2003

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Paltrow gamely takes on the life of the talented but tortured American poet Sylvia Plath in Jeff's bummer biopic. Following Plath's seven-year marriage to English poet Ted Hughes (Craig) until her 1963 suicide in London at 30, pic deals impartially with the details of the affair that caused Plath to jettison Hughes. Also explores her mental illness and long-time grief over her father's death, as well as her conflicted feelings over the dueling roles of artist and wife/mother, and icon for budding feminist issues. Thoughtfully directed, although Paltrow doesn't quite get her teeth into the challenging role.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 110 minutes.
Originally from British.

Cast and Crew

Marriage, Suicide, Writers, Poetry, Period Piece: 1950s, Period Piece: 1960s, Great Britain, Adultery, Sex & Sexuality, Campus Capers, Jealousy, Obsessive Love, Sanity Check, Biopics: Writers
John Brownlow
Gwyneth Paltrow, Daniel Craig, Jared Harris, Amira Casar, Andrew Havill, Sam Troughton, Anthony Strachan, Lucy Davenport, Blythe Danner, Michael Gambon, David Birkin, Michael Mears
John Toon
Christine Jeffs
Gabriel Yared
David Crozier, Tariq Anwar, Jane Cecchi, Sandy Powell, Maria Djurkovic
Alison Owen, BBC Films, Capitol Films, Ruby Films, Focus Features

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