MOVIE OF THE WEEK August 30, 2019: VITA & VIRGINIA

The real-life romance between writers Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West takes center stage in Chanya Button’s provocative period drama Vita & Virginia. Exploring sexuality and passion, desire and connection, the film features strong performances by Gemma Arterton and Elizabeth Debicki, and a script by Eileen Atkins that effectively incorporates the two literary legends’ own words.

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VITA & VIRGINIA – Review by Sheila Roberts

Vita & Virginia, Chanya Button’s moving biopic about the clandestine love affair between two fiercely independent, modernist 20th-century authors, the legendary Virginia Woolf (Elizabeth Debicki) and the lesser known novelist-poet Vita Sackville-West (Gemma Arterton), is firmly rooted in their writings and literary ambitions.

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VITA & VIRGINIA – Review by Leslie Combemale

There is much to love about Vita & Virginia, the new release directed by Chanya Button, and co-written by Button and actress Eileen Atkins. Atkins adapted the story from her successful stage play, in which she starred as famed writer Virginia Woolf opposite Vanessa Redgrave, who portrayed her lover, socialite and intellectual Vita Sackville-West.

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VITA & VIRGINIA – Review by Loren King

Vita and Virginia and, especially, Gemma Arterton’s role of Vita Sackville-West, has the daunting task of naturally drawing comparisons with the brilliant 1990 BBC miniseries Portrait of a Marriage with Janet McTeer’s masterful embodiment of Sackville-West during her passionate romance with Violette Keppel (Cathryn Harrison). In the new film, Sackville-West has moved on from Violette and becomes enamored of fellow writer Virginia Woolf (Elizabeth Debicki).

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VITA & VIRGINIA – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

A movie about the legendary literary lesbian romance that directly inspired the creation of one of the great works of fiction, starring the absolutely incendiary duo of Gemma Arterton and Elizabeth Debicki? It’s criminal that Vita & Virginia is this dull. This blah. This, somehow, stodgy. There’s no passion to be found here: not sexual, not intellectual. How does this happen?

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Women In Film Gala Honors Poehler, Ray, Debicki and Schulman – Brandy McDonnell reports

Women In Film, Los Angeles has announced the honorees for the 2019 Women In Film Annual Gala set for June 12. Honorees include Amy Poehler (Women in Film Entrepreneur in Entertainment Award), Issa Rae (Women In Film Emerging Entrepreneur Award), Elizabeth Debicki (Women In Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award.) and the Crystal Award for Advocacy in Entertainment goes to Cathy Schulman.

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WIDOWS – Review by Diane Carson

Thematically and cinematically Widows is a fresh, creative take on the heist film, exactly what director Steve McQueen fans would expect. In 2013 he won three Oscars, including Best Motion Picture of the Year, for 12 Years a Slave, the first time in Academy Award history for such an honor to a black director/co-producer.

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WIDOWS – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

“This is not your world,” someone — a man — says to Veronica Rawlings in the aftermath of the death of her husband, Harry. The man is talking about the Chicago criminal underworld in which Harry was a very successful mover — until he no longer was — but he might as well be talking about the whole big wide world.

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