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The biting poetry and sad life of poet Sylvia Plath form the story of Sylvia, starring Gwyneth Paltrow. This subtle but fascinating movie centers around Plath's relationship with poet Ted Hughes (Daniel Craig, Love Is the Devil), with whom she fell aggressively in love while a student at Cambridge. Their relationship proved passionate but rocky; many of Plath's fans blame the depression that eventually led her to suicide on Hughes's infidelity. Sylvia doesn't let Hughes off the hook, but it doesn't paint Plath as a helpless victim either. Paltrow's superb performance captures the poet's fierce jealousy and artistic ambition as much as her debilitating sorrow. The movie makes no big statements about Plath's poetry, letting the troubling details of her life tell their own compelling story. Also featuring Jared Harris, Blythe Danner, and Michael Gambon; the acting is outstanding all around. --Bret Fetzer

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

David BirkinMorecambe
Amira CasarAssia Wevill
Daniel CraigTed Hughes
Blythe DannerAurelia Plath
Lucy DavenportDoreen
Michael GambonProfessor Thomas
Jared HarrisAl Alvarez
Gwyneth PaltrowSylvia Plath
Sam TroughtonTom Hadley-Clarke

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Christine Jeffs
  • Producer: Focus Film
  • Length: 110 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaOct 17, 2003
    EuropeNov 6, 2003
    JapanDec 24, 2004
    AustraliaJan 29, 2004
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    JapanR-18
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 10, 2004
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