Benediction explores the turbulent life of WWI poet Siegfried Sassoon (Jack Lowden). The writer and soldier was a complex man who survived the horrors of fighting in the First World War and was decorated for his bravery but who became a vocal critic of the government’s continuation of the war when he returned from service.

His poetry was inspired by his experiences on the Western Front, and he became one of the leading war poets of the era. Adored by members of the aristocracy as well as stars of London’s literary and stage world, he embarked on affairs with several men as he attempted to come to terms with his homosexuality.

At the same time, broken by the horror of war, he made his life’s journey a quest for salvation, trying to find it within the conformity of marriage and religion.


UNITED KINGDOM UNITED STATES || Drama || 2021 || 137′

Release Date (U.S.A.)June 03, 2022
Rating ► [ PG-13 ] Disturbing war images, some sexual material and thematic elements.

Distributor ► Roadside Attractions

Directed by
Terence Davies

Jack Lowden; Peter Capaldi; Kate Phillips; Jeremy Irvine; Simon Russell Beale; Tom Blyth; Calam Lynch; Julian Sands; Geraldine James; Anton Lesser; Gemma Jones.

Written by
Terence Davies

Cinematography by
Nicola Daley

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