In Review: Vita and Virginia

Some costume dramas excite in their mere opulence, bringing to life a former era with delicious design elements; some view their period ironically, winking at their subjects with anachronisms to appeal to modern audiences. Vita and Virginia, director Chanya Button’s take on Virginia Woolf’s affair with writer Vita Sackville-West, excels in its refusal to be stuffy by fusing elements of the two approaches. It’s something left-of-center in a traditional costume drama’s clothing, and arrestingly so.

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