Bloomsbury bed-hopping at its most chaste and straight-laced

Dir: Chanya Button. Cast: Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki, Isabella Rossellini, Rupert Penry-Jones, Peter Ferdinando, Emerald Fennell. 12A cert, 110 mins

“I’m really exhausted with this Sapphic pageant,” announces Harold Nicolson (Rupert Penry-Jones), the oft-neglected husband of Vita Sackville-West, in the graceful, muted literary biopic Vita & Virginia. The film makes him even more long-suffering than Leonard Woolf (Peter Ferdinando), Virginia’s other half, who’s generally too busy proofing all the books to worry unduly about the love affair taking place on his doorstep – which the film claims was the most overwhelmingly physical experience of Virginia’s life. “I simply don’t believe in jealousy,”…

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