The Invisible Woman 2013

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Nelly (Felicity Jones), a happily-married mother, 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. He is a brilliant amateur actor, a man more emotionally coherent on the page or on stage, than in life. As Nelly becomes the focus of Dickens’ passion and his muse, for both of them secrecy is the price, and for Nelly a life of “invisibility”.

Starring:
Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones
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Invisible Woman

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 51 minutes
Starring Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander
Director Ralph Fiennes
Genres Drama
Studio Elevation Sales
Rental release 16 June 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 51 minutes
Starring Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander
Director Ralph Fiennes
Genres Drama
Studio Elevation Sales
Rental release 16 June 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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31 of 33 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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29 of 32 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. D. gray TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 July 2014
Format: DVD
Its rather sad to read a few reviewers on here and IMDB complaining about a film with a story that could be "...written on the back of a postage stamp" and how the movies DRAWN OUT and drags. If they are looking for such a film it bemuses me why they chose to watch this at all, perhaps they are a id DOWNTON ABBEY fans and expect any period piece to be a plot driven 'soap'. The truth is this is a film to wallow in, a sumptuous and enveloping experience which admirably strives to give the situation/characters great depth and shine a light on their situations and motivations. Id rather spend an entire movie with one plot well told then a dozen plots at once lightly dealt with.

Fiennes doesnt pander to the usual period film cliches of big names in whiskers delivering stagey dialogue or dumb down to cater for our transatlantic cousins, no, this film is personal, heartfelt and about as real and understandable glimpse of Dickens we are likely to get. As a director, storyteller hes not preaching to us, hes showing us real people in a real situation, warts and all, and leaving us to come to our own moral viewpoint by the films end.

A lovely film with equisite sets and costumes that really make you believe your lucky enough to be having a glimpse into the past, the mere sight of Dickens dressing, the sound of the brushing of his hair or the uncomfortable moment we see his overweight wife is eerie ... as if we are intruding as voyeurs into the past. Very enjoyable and, as Ive said, uncompromised....Fiennes wanted to do it his way and he did.
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