Talented but plagued by her owns demons Sylvia Plath’s early relationship with husband and fellow poet, Ted Hughes, is dominated by Ted’s ambition and success. In the early years of their marriage Sylvia lacks inspiration and increasingly senses Ted’s infidelity. The unspoken question is whether Ted’s extra-marital affairs are the result of Sylvia’s own insecurities or whether Sylvia’s deepening depression is exacerbated by her husbands philandering. It is only towards the end, when they are separated, that Sylvia is able to truly explore the dark depths of her soul and write the searingly brilliant poetry that earned her fame. —IMDb
Christine Jeffs (born 1963) is a New Zealand-born film director known for directing the British motion picture Sylvia, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Daniel Craig, and the American independent film Sunshine Cleaning (2009), with Amy Adams and Emily Blunt.
Jeffs is the director and screenwriter of the New Zealand film Rain (2001).
Jeffs lives in Auckland with her partner John Toon, cinematographer of Sunshine Cleaning and her other films. —Wikipedia
I'm having a really hard time finishing this film and have to keep coming back to it. Point blank: Gwyneth isn't Sylvia and the story is misleading.
You don't know if Gwyneth misses the mark, because all we have of Sylvia Plath are some black and white photos, and a few voice recordings. You can say she's not how you pictured Plath but for me, since there's no footage of Plath, Gwyneth does an admirable job of breathing life into Plath. I really love her performance. And that's coming from a great admirer and reader of Plath's writing.
It looks like Sylvia kill herself because of Hughes, and it wasn't about it. This movie is totally fragmented.
I was expecting a great performance (like Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf in The Hours) but I got extremely dissapointed. I just couldn't see Sylvia in Gwyneth's acting.
Gwyneth Paltrow delivers a GREAT performance - and unless you knew or met Sylvia Plath, how do know there's no Sylvia in Gwyneth's performance? There's no footage of Sylvia Plath, only photos and audio-recordings of her voice, which means Paltrow was freed from doing a caricature, doing an impersonation. I couldn't see Marilyn Monroe in Michelle Williams' performance - MW missed the mark completely because MM is the most filmed icon of the 20th century, so no matter what MW did, she was gonna get it wrong. Gwyneth was free to create her Sylvia, just like Kidman was free to create her Woolf by the way (there's no footage of Virginia Woolf either). And I think Gwyneth Paltrow made a wonderful Sylvia Plath.
I have to say that Sylvia Plath is my favourite writer. From her last Aerial poems like “Daddy” which was posthumously published almost a year after her tragic suicide, to her early Smith college journals… read review