Emily Dickinson doesn’t seem like a subject who’d lend herself to a very…exciting biopic. But throw Terrence Davies and Cynthia Nixon (aka Miranda Forever) into the mix, and you’ve got yourself an instant classic. A Quiet Passion is a portrait of the poet as an eternally middle-aged, Amherst-dwelling, em dash-using lesbian whose passions never really get all that loud. But what were you expecting, Valley of the Dolls? Come on.
In addition to showcasing the secret magic of Massachusetts, aka the Bae State, A Quiet Passion gives us a look at the tortured, weirdly uneventful life of the poet who launched a thousand queer theory dissertations. But look, even without the drama, we’re here for a Miranda-tinged reliving of Dickinson’s brief life.