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Sylvia

1 rating: 3.0
A movie directed by Christine Jeffs

Director Christine Jeffs takes the heartbreaking story of writer Sylvia Plath's life and suicide (which has taken on mythological significance in certain literary circles) and renders it in a palette of surprising beauty. The film paints the story in … see full wiki

Tags: Movies, Dramas
Director: Christine Jeffs
Release Date: 2003
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Sylvia

Genius is Pain

  • Jun 18, 2004
Rating:
+3
Pros: Gwynneth Paltrow, faithful story line

Cons: Depressing...depressing...depressing

The Bottom Line: Good solid film, recommend it as it is the only biography on the life of gifted Sylvia Plath.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot.

If only this story wasn't so depressing - it would have made a great movie! As most know the tragic story of the beautiful and gifted Sylvia Plath. Does this movie shed any new light on her life? No, but it does convey the deep emotional pain she certainly endured and a life spun out of control.

A film that was crafted to show the beauty and richness of Cambridge during the 1950's. The outfits, hair, color schemes all perfect with great attention to the look and feel of the film.

Gwynneth Paltrow plays a convincing Sylvia who grows more morose and depressed until she ultimately takes her own life. It was fun to see Blythe Danner (Gwynneth's real mother)playing the character of Sylvia's mother.

Regardless of how beautiful the scenery, the subject matter is one of mental illness, genius and death. That makes it hard to "enjoy" the film as it is so painful. The film paints a grim portrait and thoughtfully recreates Sylvia's last few years. Overlaid with her poems throughout the film add a good dose of her stunning poetry.

As with Van Gogh, Sylvia wrote her most beautiful poetry during times of great emotional stress and strain. The stress ultimatly drove her mad and she ended her life.

So, why see this movie as it is so dark? It's an overall good film because it shows the realities of one of America's greatest poet. The producers were unafraid to portray mental illness and depression and what it must be like to feel it.

Recommended:
Yes

Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Fit for Friday Evening
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age

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