Invisible Woman 2014

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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.

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1 hour 51 minutes

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Invisible Woman

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Genres Drama
Director Ralph Fiennes
Studio Lionsgate
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
Ralph Fiennes proved with Coriolanus that he was a director to watch (we were already keenly watching him on the other side of the camera) and here he becomes one of Britain`s most promising directors, as well as a versatile, enterprising and unpredictable actor.
I would never have thought of Fiennes as a shoo-in to play the Inimitable - as Dickens was known in his short though hectic lifetime - but, with the help of a beard and the costume department (who excel themselves throughout) as well as his own bursting intensity, he is suitably energetic and volatile, and manages to convince you, for much of the time, that you are indeed seeing the man, or as many aspects of him as humanly possible. I don`t believe there`s an actor alive who could embody the whole of Dickens: he was an unexplainable one-off!
The plainly pretty Felicity Jones is marvellous as his alleged lover Ellen "Nelly" Ternan, and Joanna Scanlon is perfect as his homely, forlorn, neglected but nonetheless tough-minded wife Catherine. Her pent-up tears, when they come, are heart-rending.
Perdita Weeks (radiant and perky) and Amanda Hale (warm and knowing) are excellent as Ellen`s amiable sisters, while Kristin Scott Thomas, in an uncharacteristically low-key role, is equally effective, and quietly touching, as their wisely compassionate actress mother.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Jan 2014
Format: DVD
"The Invisible Woman" (2013 release; 111 min.) brings the story of how famous writer Charles Dickens falls in love with a much younger woman, Ellen "Nelly" Ternan". As the movie opens, we are told it is "Margrave, 1883", where we see Ellen and her husband George hang out with several family friends, Ellen is asked (as apparently happens often) about her "childhood" (which we later learn is really a misnomer) memories of Charles Dickens. The movie then goes to "Manchester, some years back" (in fact, the late 1850s), where we get to know Dickens (played by Ralph Fiennes) as he is trying to turn his book "The Frozen Deep" into a stage play. Then comes about the Ternan clan, mother and her 3 daughters, to act in the play. One of the daughters, Ellen ("Nelly"), only 18 at the time, gains the immediate attention of Dickens (a married man, and 20+ years her senior), and a slowly developing courtship starts to play out. What will become of the attraction between these two in a Victorian society where the rules are strict? To tell you more would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: first and foremost, this film ie is a tour de force for Ralph Fiennes who in addition to starring also directed this movie, his debut as a director. His portrayal of Charles Dickens brims with energy. It is amazing to see how successful Dickens was in his day, truly getting the rock star treatment of that era. Second, the performance of Felicity Jones as Ellen oozes charm from start to finish. She is a veteran of the UK film and TV industry but not so well known on this side of the Atlantic. I think that is likely to change following this performance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Chanona on 17 July 2014
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As a keen Dickens fan and also a fan of Claire Tomalin's biographies on which this is based, I expected to love this. I didn't.

Hard to put a finger on why except that it seemed dull and the characters were not well developed. Dickens wife, in particular, was portrayed in a very bad light.
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I'd been looking forward to seeing this film and really wanted and expected to like it. Therefore it was very disappointing to find it shallow, deadly dull, and with such affected, pretentious film techniques that it often made it hard to hear or see what was going on. (I had a similar problem with "Lincoln" recently - yes, we know that Victorian interiors were dark, but if we've paid to see a film set in them, we want to be able to see them properly.) What should have been a fascinating and moving film about Dickens being caught up in the social mores of a society that he worked so hard to change turned into a wooden, slow film that failed to inspire sympathy for any of the characters. There were occasional moments of sumptuous, historically accurate settings, and the Fiennes showed a little of Dickens charisma (but not his complexity) - hence I'm giving this film two stars instead of one. But the acting was largely wooden, despite an generally fine cast (bad direction, then? sorry, Ralph), the only character I warmed to being a sparky Wilkie Collins, who was dumbed down rather as Dickens' straight man. Nelly, in particular, struck me as completely charmless other than being stunningly pretty, making Dickens' love for her - from the man who could have had any woman in English society - seem unlikely and unconvincing. Compared to the others (apart from the Collins character), Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas acted everyone else off the screen and made Nelly seem all the more shallow and dull. I couldn't work out what she was feeling as the older character (much of the film is in flashback) until I read on the box that she was meant to be showing remorse and guilt. I just thought she was deranged or stupid.Read more ›
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