Opening at The Ross on Friday, July 15, BENEDICTION uncovers a profoundly affecting drama in the real-life story of a combat veteran whose poetry warned against the horrors of war. BENEDICTION finds both sorrow and hilariously withering wit in the eventful life of a famed wartime poet, offering some of the sharpest, nimblest dialogue of writer-director Terence Davies’ estimable career. –A.A. Dowd, Empire Magazine This biographical drama, grounded in the anguished poetry of its protagonist, is hushed and decorous to a fault. But it does eventually wind its way to a profoundly affecting conclusion. –David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter “BENEDICTION,” Terence Davies’ achingly beautiful portrait of the English war poet and soldier Siegfried Sassoon, is a movie of acute sadness and intense pleasure. –Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times BENEDICTION is showing at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on Friday, July 8 through Thursday, July 21. Show times are available at www.TheRoss.org, by consulting your newspaper, or by calling the MRRMAC film information line at 402.472.5353. The Motion Picture Association has rated PG-13 BENEDICTION PG-13 (Disturbing War Images|Thematic Elements|Some Sexual Material). Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Terence Davies, 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.