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Bright Star | REVIEW

An irrepressible need for love
Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw and Paul Schneider
Directed by Jane Campion

This could be known as the Jane Campion dilemma, after the film’s talented, maddening director, who always gets caught thinking about how to swim to shore. Sometimes she swims to shore even when she’s not in the lake. At her best she is the absolute master of ritual, passion and restraint. At her worst, she is an over- decorator of temporarily fashionable received wisdom that doesn’t stand up to ... more >