Molly Shannon stars in this humorous yet bold reappraisal of Emily Dickinson, the iconic American poet popularly thought to be a recluse. In the mid-19th century, Dickinson is writing prolifically, baking gingerbread and enjoying a passionate, lifelong romantic relationship with another woman: her friend and sister-in-law Susan (Susan Ziegler). While seeking publication of some of the 1,775 poems written during her lifetime, Dickinson finds herself facing a troupe of male literary gatekeepers too confused by her genius to take her work seriously. Dickinson’s private letters inform this vibrant, irreverent but tender portrait of the artist from Amherst. With Amy Seimetz, Brett Gelman. Writer/Director: Madeleine Olnek. (US 2018) 84 min.
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