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It’s hard to capture the utter agony and ecstasy of first love, but in the new film Bright Star, which

It’s hard to capture the utter agony and ecstasy of first love, but in the new film Bright Star, which opens nationwide today, Academy Award-winner Jane Campion manages to do both poignantly and beautifully.

The film—Campion’s finest since directing 1993’s The Piano—has already been garnering rave reviews from critics across the country (many of which can be found on Bright Star’s website). The film focuses on the torrid love affair between the 23-year-old John Keats (Ben Whishaw) and girl-next-door Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish). Due to a variety of obstacles (including money, illness, and an interfering best friend played by Paul Schneider), the young lovers are mostly kept apart, which makes their scenes together all the more electric. Each actor delivers an astonishing performance, and it’s hard to imagine any other film this season that can match Bright Star’s gorgeous cinematography.

And, if the film happens to awaken your own inner-poet, why not enter the Be My Bright Star Love Letter Contest , where top prizes include an Everlon Diamond Knot Pavé Ring or Pendant from A Diamond is Forever or fountain pen from Montblanc. Quills and calligraphy not required.

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