'A Quiet Passion'
Imagine Oscar Wilde wrote an epigram-filled biopic of Emily Dickinson — that's the feeling you get watching Terence Davies' extraordinary recounting of the poet's life and work, with Cynthia Nixon adding backbone and a bruised humanity to the person behind the timeless verse. (Apparently, the woman who wrote "This world is not conclusion" was a Miranda; who knew?) The highlight of this year's Berlin Film Festival, the Brit writer-director's period piece has both a beating heart and a tart tongue — the phrase "must-see" was made for movies like this. DF