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Benediction

Liverpool’s master of melancholies Terence Davies presides over another quietly devastating picture of torment and repression, illustrating the life and work of British poet Siegfried Sassoon. Scottish actors Jack Lowden and Peter Capaldi impress as Sassoon’s younger and older incarnations, but it’s Davies’ eloquent dialogue and exquisite craft that will capture your attention, and then your heart.

Directors

  • Terence Davies

Writers

  • Terence Davies

Cast

  • Jack Lowden
  • Peter Capaldi
  • Simon Russell Beale
  • Tom Blyth
  • Jeremy Irvine

Synopsis

Having survived the horrors of WWI and decorated for his service, Siegfried Sassoon (Jack Lowden, Peter Capaldi) becomes known for his poems that excoriate the government. As he becomes a fixture in London’s literary society and embarks on affairs with several men, before searching for salvation in the confines of marriage and Catholicism, he cannot escape the trauma and loss that found him on the battlefield.