Tuesday 15 October 2019

Vita and Virginia review: 'Boasts two fine central performances and tells an extraordinary story'

3 stars

Vita and Virginia
Vita and Virginia
Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

Though over-written and rather stagey, Chanya Button’s handsome period drama boasts two fine central performances and tells an extraordinary story.

In the mid-1920s, the lives of two remarkable females collided. After being introduced to Virginia Woolf (Elizabeth Debicki) at a party, the writer, columnist and polyamorous adventurer Vita Sackville-West (Gemma Arterton) becomes infatuated with the reclusive novelist.

Both are involved in sexless, affectionate marriages, and their passionate affair will cause scandal and inspire Woolf’s great fantasy, Orlando.

As we’ve mentioned, this film is not perfect, but the two actresses establish a powerful chemistry and Debicki is brilliant as the brittle, fascinating Woolf.

(15A, 110mins)

Irish Independent

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