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, Tom Hollander
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DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 100 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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40 of 44 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By daoldcoach on 25 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
Though slow at times I found this a interesting insight into Dickens life. I cannot claim to be as knowledgeable about him as most (particularly other reviewers) but as such much of the story was new to me and i think i enjoyed it for that reason.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By pv on 23 July 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I simply don't understand some of the reviews for this film. What did people expect from the subject matter? Maybe some viewers weren't as familiar with the historical background as they might have been. Nelly Ternan's biography by Claire Tomalin http://goo.gl/Hi2jbO
It is beautiful in every way - in the acting, direction, cinematography...
All the cast are excellent in my view, and no-one is miscast. But Felicity Jones in particular gives a very fine and moving performance as Ellen Ternan at the two stages of her life.
And contrary to the views of some others, having already watched it twice (once alone and once with my wife) I shall certainly watch it again
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Ralph Fiennes’ biopic of the liaison between Dickens and Nelly Ternan - an actress over twenty-five years his junior - ploughs fertile furrows of literature, romance and the contradictions of Victorian morality.
The story, drawn from Claire Tomalin’s book, portrays with care a dimly-lit world of understated attraction and emotional turmoil. Fiennes’ Dickens and Felicity Jones’ Ternan are drawn to each other more by their differences than the little that they have in common. She’s restrained, he’s exuberant; he can get away with a lot, she can’t.
The opportunities for the film are large and are best realised in the performances of Tom Hollander, as a well drawn Wilkie Collins, and Fiennes, when he’s showing us the more frenetic sides to Dickens’ personality. Kristin Scott Thomas does her best with the limited opportunities provided by playing Ternan’s mother. At other times, the restraint of the production leaves a sense of a fire only half kindled. You feel little of the vital chemistry that there must have been between the lovers, and the sequences set in Ternan’s middle age reduce the amount of time which might have been spent developing the key period in her relationship with Dickens: for example, the depictions of her miscarriage and the Staplehurst rail disaster are perfunctory.
This is a tale which needed more space to breathe, with greater opportunity given for us to feel that enormous creative and emotional force which drove Dickens to turn his back on his family, and embrace a secret life which, in turn, accelerated his self-destruction.
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