After a surge recently, another biopic or World War I film could easily get lost in the shuffle. But Terence Davies' closely observed character studies always stand out.
The director of such British classics as Distant Voices, Still Lives and The Long Day Closes often takes a long time between projects, but finds acclaim no matter the source material or cast. His latest is a biography of poet Siegfried Sassoon, with Jack Lowden and Peter Capaldi sharing the portrayal. Lowden takes on the years immediately after the Great War as Sassoon tried to find himself while carrying on affairs with men and women. Capaldi plays against type as the wistful older man. Among the supporting cast are Simon Russell Beale, Jeremy Irvine and Kate Phillips. The film earned excellent reviews when it screened at last year's Toronto International Film Festival.
Benediction opens in limited release on June 3.