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Benediction

"Terence Davies’ latest is an equally sombre and sumptuous portrait of 20th-century English poet and soldier Siegfried Sassoon."- TIFF

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.


"With gorgeous costumes and music (a Davies trademark), as well as plenty of witty dialogue, this classy, tasteful film is a magnificent tribute to the poet." - San Francisco Bay Times

"The life of English poet Siegfried Sassoon movingly expresses the traumas of war and love, in one of writer-director Terence Davies' finest creations." - Film Verdict

"A major work by a gifted and original filmmaker." - San Francisco Chronicle

"A master class in cinematic craft." - TIFF

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