R | | Biography, Drama
The untold story of the last days in the tragic times of Oscar Wilde, a person who observes his own failure with ironic distance and regards the difficulties that beset his life with detachment and humor.
The film gained several 5-star reviews in England, with plaudits such as "A masterpiece", "A magnificent achievement", and "A powerful parable of passion and redemption"; but the film was ignored by some major distributors, being shown instead in smaller art-house venues.
With no warning, I was transferred one afternoon from Wandsworth to Reading Gaol. In broad daylight, by train, shackled to a warder like a performing bear. That journey was the most exquisite of the tortures Her Majesty contrived for me. At Clapham ...
Oscar is shown at Clapham Junction in prison garb with the number 33. He is on the way to Reading Gaol where he is assigned cell C33.
During the end credits Oscar Wilde is heard and seen singing a French song in a cafe. Then there are flashbacks of audiences applauding his works in a theatre.
English, Italian, French, Latin
€208,502 (Italy) (15 April 2018)
$466,440 (USA) (20 December 2018)