“The Last Romantics,” is the story of the passionate and unconventional love affair between the English poets; Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning. Delving into the complex world of deception, lies and manipulations of the Barrett household, the story reveals the near insanity of Edward Barrett who would do almost anything to control his children.
A close family friend, desperate to see Elizabeth have a life away from her possessive father, brings the two poets together over their work. But the dye is cast from the moment they come face-to-face and realize they have met their equal. But Elizabeth is an opium addict and has not left the house in seven years. Browning, younger, penniless but madly in love, must break through Elizabeth’s loyalty, guilt and fear. Over the course of the spring and summer he proves to her that their bond is stronger and more real than anything else she has ever known. Against everything she has been taught and the constrained life she has lived, Elizabeth gives up opium, her sick bed, her family and home to run away with Browning, in order to have a life.
What I love about Elizabeth Barrett’s story is that it is not a traditional love story. Her journey illustrated her wakening as a woman and an artist. This is an ongoing struggle for girls and women today in many cultures around our world in shocking numbers; all still looking for their voice. Her story is timely and truly contemporary.
Director: Lisa Ohlin