In 1818 23-year-old English poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw), meets a fashion student (Abbie Cornish) and although they seem very different -- he misunderstands high fashion, while she does not grasp the literary arts -- they fall deeply, almost obsessively in love. However, illness and a possessive benefactor (Paul Schneider) interfere. Also with Olle Alexander, Thomas Sangster, Kerry Fox and Samuel Barnett. Directed by Jane Campion. [1:59]
SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man and a woman embrace and kiss briefly in several scenes.
► A man and a woman talk in his bedroom and she says she will do anything before he leaves (sex is implied); he declines the invitation, they sit next to each other on a bed, lie down, talk while holding hands, and he says he will return in the Spring and kiss her breasts and she replies "Everything."
► A woman kisses all four corners of a letter to her
fiancé as his voiceover asks her to do so, so that he can kiss the same corners and pretend he is kissing her. A man asks another man about his girlfriend: "Why don't you just bed her; she'd do anything you wish?" and the second man just laughs and says "No." A man accused of impregnating a woman says he is not the father but will pay support for the child. An angry woman slams pots and pans on a counter in a kitchen, and shouts to her employer that the next-door neighbor has made her pregnant and is a horrible person for denying it. A man tells a maid that she is a "good Irish" (good for a sex object is implied). A man slams a man against a tree and demands to know if the man and a woman are lovers. A woman smiles and asks a man she has recently met, "I wonder if you are sleeping in my bed" (he is living in the summer rental that she lived in previously).
► Several evening party and dinner scenes show women in lower cut gowns that reveal moderate cleavage. Several scenes feature women in dresses that reveal a slight amount of cleavage.
VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A man verbally assaults another man and then slams him against a tree as a woman watches and the man demands to know if the man and the woman are lovers.
► We see a coverlet in a kitchen sink covered with blood and we hear that a sick man has coughed up blood. A young man is shown very ill writhing in fever and agony. A sick man is found lying under a bush coughing. A man and a woman walk down an alley where people live in filth, they enter a dark apartment, and the man sits at a table, coughing as the scene ends.
► A woman is found with a broken jar and a shallow cut on her wrist and she cries, "I wish I was dead." A man verbally insults a woman several times, and in one scene he attempts to pinch her and she slaps away his hand.
► A woman tells another woman that a young man has died; they are joined by a third woman and all three cry. A man announces that another man has died; a woman rushes from the room, cries, collapses in a hallway and says she cannot breathe.
► A young girl enters a kitchen and tells her mother that her adult sister "Wants a knife so that she can kill herself." A man yells at a woman loudly. A woman loudly scolds two young boys. A man and a woman argue briefly several times. A doctor tells a man that he will not survive another winter in England and the man says that he might not recover at all.
► We see a coffin being carried. Children play soccer and the ball hits the back of a man's head; he turns and walks away, unharmed.
PROFANITY 2 - 1 anatomical reference, 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (idiot, dandies, carcass, sham, dull "good Irish"), stereotypical comments about women, non-writers, fashion designers, poor people, unwed mothers and the Irish, 8 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - A man takes a sip of wine from a glass, a decanter of brandy sits next to a man on a table in two scenes, several people hold wine glasses at a party, another party scene shows a man holding a glass of wine, and at two dinners we see wine glasses on the table and several glasses are nearly empty (no one is shown drinking from them). A man smokes a cigar, and a man places a pipe in his mouth.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Regency England, poetry, family, relationships, love, marriage, children, lack of money, class differences, illness, death, grief, literary arts, fashion, friendship, loyalty, duty.
MESSAGE - Circumstances can overwhelm the deepest love.