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By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Tender biopic about anti-war poet has archive WWI footage.

Movie PG-13 2022 137 minutes
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This is a sumptuous, multi-layered, and tender piece of filmmaking from British director Terence Davies. Benediction is as beautifully rendered as the prose penned by its subject. The way Davies imbues Sassoon's poetry as a sort of narration over the top of this production is masterful. It's a film you could almost enjoy just as much with your eyes closed, as though it could be a radio play. Yet visually, it's just as striking and the acting is brilliant. Lowden turns in a career best performance, while Peter Capaldi brings such nuance and depth to the same character in his older years.

It's a fascinating film and has such a complexity to it, with a central character who is striving to find peace and salvation, and yet we're never quite sure what from. Yet that intangible element -- the uncertainty of what exactly it is he needs to face -- is what makes Benediction all the more profound and powerful, as what cannot be identified is often harder to overcome.

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