- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 50 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 10, 2004
- Originally Released: 2003
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Entertainment Weekly - 10/24/2003
"...This is the richest role Paltrow has had since SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, and she rises to the challenge..."
New York Times - 10/17/2003
"...Emotionally rich....Played with radiant conviction by Gwyneth Paltrow..."
USA Today - 10/17/2003
"...The film is well-acted. Paltrow believably conveys Plath's emotional vulnerability..."
Rolling Stone - 11/13/2003
"...Played beautifully by Gwyneth Paltrow..."
Los Angeles Times - 10/07/2003
"...Paltrow is always involving....A serious, respectful work that is well-crafted..."
Variety - 10/06/2003
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 11/01/2003
"...[Paltrow gives] a brave, unsentimental, searing performance..."
Premiere - 12/01/2003
"...Always spot-on as far as the atmospherics go, and the acting is ever forceful and brave..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 10/24/2003
"SYLVIA provides illustrations for the biographies we carry in our minds. We see the milieu, the striving, the poverty, the passion, and we hear the poetry..."
Director Christine Jeffs takes the heartbreaking story of writer Sylvia Plath's life and suicide (which has taken on mythological significance in certain literary circles) and renders it in a palette of surprising beauty. The film paints the story in dark greens, reds and the arresting blues of a recurring water motif. Dealing less with the professional lives of Plath and her husband Edward "Ted" Hughes, and delving more deeply into their notoriously tempestuous marriage, SYLVIA takes risks by attempting to portray what both Plath's family and Hughes (until just before his death in 1998) have remained extremely quiet about. John Brownlow's screenplay fingers no villain, painting both Hughes and Plath as flawed and complex.
Beginning in England in 1956, the film depicts American poet Sylvia (Gwyneth Paltrow)--who has a history of depression and suicide attempts--attending Cambridge University on a Fulbright Scholarship. While at a party, she meets Ted (Daniel Craig), a dashing student and fellow poet. The chemistry between them is electric, and they become immediately inseparable, their mutual love of verse the glue that holds them together. But Sylvia's success in her art gives way to jealous madness as other women lavish their attentions on Ted. Her subsequent descent into the deepest of depressions leads to her suicide in 1962. In this stirring film, Paltrow hits a high note in her career with her portrayal of Sylvia.
- Theatrical Release: October 17, 2003 (NY/LA)