Benediction’ is a Compelling Look at the Life, Love, and Forgotten Legacy of Siegfried Sassoon
Siegfried Sassoon's life was underscored by a deep and private agony that is now available for all the world to see, but it never leaves the audience feeling like a voyeur. Davies beautifully lays out the facts and reveals the wounds that shaped Sassoon.
Even the rare moments of joy Sassoon experiences are met with caustic words and tragedy at every turn.
The way Davies weaves images of war throughout the film, politely berating the audience with a reminder about PTSD is artful and magnificent.
While some of the men in Benediction get away with flaunting their interests in society, Sassoon eventually follows the path of other men like him and he marries Hester Gatty. In part, out of spite and to prove he could, but ultimately it’s a choice that drags him further into despair and self-loathing.
Benediction is a tragic and strikingly philosophical biopic.
Benediction had its world premiere this week at the Toronto International Film Festival. A release date has not yet been set.