Vita & Virginia

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  110 min.
Release Date: August 2, 2019 - Ottawa, Waterloo, Guelph

Current rating: Rating: 3.00
based on 2 votes and 1 reviews
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Cast: Elizabeth Debicki, Gemma Arterton, Isabella Rossellini, Rupert Penry-Jones


When aristocrat and writer Vita Sackville-West (Gemma Arterton) attends a costume party in Bloomsbury in 1922, she tells her husband, diplomat Sir Harold Nicolson (Rupert Penry-Jones), how eager she is to meet famed author Virginia Woolf (Elizabeth Debicki). Virginia has attended the party with her husband, Leonard Woolf (Peter Ferdinando), her sister Vanessa and Vanessa's gay roommate.

Leonard is aware that Vita is hoping to have an affair with Virginia, and as a man who sleeps with other men, he advises her to be discreet. Virginia is intrigued by Vita when the two women meet. Having gone through a long struggle with mental health 10 years earlier, she's still emotionally fragile. However, her affair with Vita is accepted by her husband, who believes it will keep up her spirits.

Based on Eileen Atkins' 1993 play, which used letters written by the two women as source material.

Director: Chanya Button
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Katie Holly, Evangelo Kioussis
Screenplay: Eileen Atkins, Chanya Button

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  • 3 stars "A film like this would have been important and enough if it had come out more than twenty years ago but it is far from cutting edge and storyline looks more like something one would expect on Masterpiece theatre. The film never rises to the level of real warmth and heartache as soon in such films like Blue is the Warmest Color. The actresses play their parts well and the sets are beautiful but Vita and Virginia come off as too immature for women of their age which is a bit odd as they hardly come across as young women in the early part of the last century. If properly cast with much younger women there might have been more feeling and light to the film but one is not left with much at the end of the film. I think I will hardly remember this film in a year or so."
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