Importance of being Plath

AFTER NICOLE KIDMAN'S Academy Award winning turn as Virginia Woolf in The Hours it is Gwyneth Paltrow's turn. Hollywood's obsession with suicidal writers continues as Paltrow does an amazing interpretation of the tormented poet Sylvia Plath who committed suicide after her marriage to fellow poet Ted Hughes (Daniel Craig) fell apart in Sylvia. Both Plath and Hughes have their loyalists - the Plathians believe Sylvia gave up her career to take care of home and hearth while the Hughians believe Plath was unstable and made life miserable for Hughes. The film, that was released this weekend, manages to be even handed. So will Paltrow be the weeping beauty once again come Oscar night?

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