Wild Nights with Emily is a film about a little-known aspect of the iconic poet Emily Dickinson, starring Molly Shannon.
In the mid-19th century, Dickinson is writing prolifically, baking gingerbread, and enjoying a passionate, lifelong romantic relationship with sister-in-law Susan. While seeking publication of some of her 1,775 poems, she faces male literary gatekeepers too confused by her genius to take her work seriously. Instead, her work attracts the attention of an ambitious woman editor, who also sees Emily as a convenient cover for her own role in buttoned-up Amherst's most bizarre love triangle.
A timely critique of how women's history is rewritten, Wild Nights with Emily remains vibrant, irreverent and tender—a perhaps closer depiction of Emily Dickinson's real life than anything seen before.
Showtimes 11:25 a.m., 2:40 p.m., 4:50 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. through April 25 at Landmark Century Centre Cinema, 2828 N. Clark, Chicago. Tickets at www.wildnightswithemily.com/tickets/ .