"In the 19th century, in the midst of the Victorian era, the once celebrated but unappreciated fossil collector Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) works alone on the rugged south coast of England. (...) When a wealthy client entrusts Mary with the care of his melancholy wife Charlotte (Saoirse Ronan), she can't afford to turn down his offer. Mary initially meets her unwanted guest coolly and dismissively. Nevertheless, a passionate desire soon develops between the two women that will shake all social conventions and irrevocably change the course of both women's lives."
"British Mary Anning was a pioneer in the field of paleontology and was the first to discover the skeleton of an Ichtyosaurus in 1811. Scientific recognition, however, long eluded her as a single working-class woman. Director Francis Lee (...) takes her encounter with geologist Charlotte Murchison as the occasion for a biographical fiction and stages a complex love story between them. Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan create in their interplay a glowing center in the middle of a cold, rainy England in the Victorian era. (...) Francis Lee succeeds brilliantly in transferring the motif of petrification from prehistoric fossils to the relationship of his protagonists. Kate Winslet impresses with her transformation from brittle recluse to deeply feeling lover. "
Silvia Bahl, filmkunstkinos.de
Contributors and additional information:
120 min. color. DCP. E/d/f
Director: Francis Lee
Screenplay: Francis Lee
Cinematography: Stéphanie Fontaine
Editing: Chris Wyatt
Music: Volker Bertelmann, Dustin O`Halloran
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Kate Winslet, Fiona Shaw
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