Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Emma Thompson's performances are always a pleasure to watch, subtle and well worth seeing. In Wit, her character speaks to us directly, narrating her own illness and its progress. She understands her situation perfectly well and explains it to us in a horrifyingly articulate manner.
As a professor of 17th-Century poetry, who especially analyzed and taught John Donne's works, Vivian Bearing is theoretically and poetically aware of Life and Death and God. As a woman who went from being a student, then a professor, then a cancer patient, never really forming relationships with other people, she finds her isolation in illness and experimental treatment devastating yet ironically fitting.