★★★★½ "A quiet, piercing, slow-burning and yet incandescent film." - Stuff.co.nz.
Benediction is the true story of English poet, writer and soldier Siegfried Sassoon.
A complex man who survived the horrors of fighting in the First World War, Siegfried Sassoon (Jack Lowden / Peter Capaldi), a soldier decorated for his bravery on the battlefield, became a vocal critic of the government’s continuation of the war when he returned from service. Legendary still today for his poetry inspired by his experiences on the Western Front, he was adored by both members of the aristocracy as well as stars of London’s literary and theatre scene. He embarked on affairs with several high-profile men as he attempted to come to terms with his homosexuality, whilst at the same time, broken by the horrors of war, his life’s journey became a quest for salvation.
94% Certified Fresh - Rotten Tomatoes
★★★★½ "Poetic ...This is an elegiac and eventually devastating portrait of a life, of an era and of a generation undone by horrors." - Stuff
★★★★ "Vividly moving" - Financial Times
★★★★ "Beautifully designed and photographed, sensitively written and directed by England’s acclaimed Terence Davies, and impeccably acted by a distinguished cast that turns life into art, Benediction is one gorgeous motion picture." - Observer
★★★★ - Guardian | ★★★★ - Times | ★★★★ - Independent (UK) | ★★★★ - London Evening Standard | ★★★★ - Empire Magazine | ★★★★ - Time Out | ★★★★ - Daily Telegraph | ★★★★ - Daily Mirror | ★★★★ - San Francisco Chronicle