The Invisible Woman (2013)
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Nelly (Felicity Jones), a happily-married mother and schoolteacher, is haunted by her past. Her memories, provoked by remorse and guilt, take us back in time to follow the story of her relationship with Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) with whom she discovered an exciting but fragile complicity. Dickens - famous, controlling and emotionally isolated within his success - falls for Nelly, who comes from a family of actors. The theatre is a vital arena for Dickens - a brilliant amateur actor - a man
Dec 25, 2013 Limited
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A romance about stolen liberties in a repressed moment, this pulses with passion and purpose.
Mr. Fiennes admirably humanizes the characters while exploring their contradictions and emphasizing their feelings.
The period detail is exquisite, down to the last antimacassar, but the storytelling is so inert that the furnishings steal the focus.
Ralph Fiennes both stars (as Dickens) and directs with an exacting eye to period detail and there are great performances across the board, among them Felicity Jones as Nelly Ternan and Kristin Scott Thomas as her mother, Catherine.
The movie's a hushed and hesitant thing, extremely beautiful in its camerawork, lighting, and editing, and extremely British in its repression.
A first-rate portrait of Charles Dickens's secret affair with a young actress.
Charles Dickens' affair will be appreciated by Merchant-Ivory fans while others will find the film slow moving.
Falls into many of the stuffy and passionless trappings the genre has too often been mired in.
If only the whole movie had been about Catherine and from her point of view, it might have been a story worth telling.
A quite brutal exploration of love; a notion that Dickens himself was known to portray in his work.
Offers a fine cast in period costume and setting, a quiet subtle score, and careful Victorian cultural references though not the broader lit-crit jokes of, say, colorful 'Shakespeare in Love.'
A Charles Dickens biopic directed by Ralph Fiennes with fetching costumes and a well-acted romantic drama.
Ralph Fiennes's film feels not so much rooted in the past as it is mired in conventions about how to portray that past.
As a filmmaker, Fiennes maintains a subdued tone that's alternately too restrained to make the drama fluidly engaging and impressively studied in its depiction of the couple's ups and downs.
For all of Fiennes' impressive attention to detail, it's a flaw that likely could only be overcome by a palpable spark between the picture's two leads. Unfortunately, that's an even bigger problem than the script.
An unlikely Dickensian romance, but Ralph Fiennes shines in the limelight.
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