Stately relationship drama
- Vita and Virginia review by Alphaville
Imagine a typical period drama – classy, well-intentioned, flawlessly acted, staidly shot and utterly bland. Here’s another one. It will certainly hold interest for anyone fascinated by the Bloomsbury set, but the two lead characters never seem more than theatrical constructions whose see-sawing central relationship never grabs.
It grew out of a play by Eileen Atkins, who also wrote the screenplay, and it shows. Correspondence between characters, for example, is shown by having them read their letters out loud to camera, as they did on stage. Director Chanya Button also comes from a theatrical background and doesn’t have the cinematic imagination to translate her enthusiasm for Woolf (as evidenced by an interview on the DVD Extras) to the screen.
The film is made with such earnestness and sincerity by all concerned that it’s a shame to be negative but, judged as a film, everything about it screams Sunday night heritage television.
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Overly theatrical and mannered
- Vita and Virginia review by GG
There is a fascinating tale to be told, about this relationship, but this is not it. Technically, the film is wonderful. However, the acting is highly mannered, in a most distracting way, and the dialogue is terribly stilted. I was rather looking forward to it, but found myself becoming very bored, rather quickly, which, when you consider the dynamic characters involved, was quite a surprise.
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