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Love is never still.

Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Terence Davies, Benediction explores the turbulent life of WWI poet Siegfried Sassoon (Jack Lowden). The writer and soldier was a complex man who survived the horrors of fighting in the First World War and was decorated for his bravery but who became a vocal critic of the government's continuation of the war when he returned from service. His poetry was inspired by his experiences on the Western Front, and he became one of the leading war poets of the era. Adored by members of the aristocracy as well as stars of London's literary and stage world, he embarked on affairs with several men as he attempted to come to terms with his homosexuality. At the same time, broken by the horror of war, he made his life's journey a quest for salvation, trying to find it within the conformity of marriage and religion.

Benediction - FILM REVIEW

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Jeremy Irvine and Jack Lowden in Benediction. The sadness is overwhelming. Photograph: Toronto film festival

"It is a film which is piercingly and almost unbearably about failure: the catastrophic moral and spiritual failure of war which is aligned to Sassoon’s own terrible sense of personal shortcomings. Benediction shows the humiliation of his failure to make a proper stand against the war." For the full review CLICK HERE.

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Directed by: 
Terence Davies
Running Time: 
Tom Blyth, Jack Lowden & Peter Capaldi
Screenplay by: 
Terence Davies
14A; disturbing war images/some sexual material & thematic elements

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