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The Invisible Woman (2013)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  21 February 2014 (UK)
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At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death.

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Nelly (as Ms. Felicity Jones)
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Rev. William Benham (as Mr. John Kavanagh)
Tom Attwood ...
Mr. Lambourne (as Mr. Tom Atwood)
Susanna Hislop ...
Mary (as Ms. Susanna Hislop)
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Mr. George Wharton Robinson (as Mr. Tom Burke)
Tommy Curson-Smith ...
Geoffrey (as Mr. Tommy Curson-Smith)
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Governor (as Mr. David Collings)
Michael Marcus ...
Charley Dickens (as Mr. Michael Marcus)
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Mrs. Frances Ternan (as Ms. Kirstin Scott Thomas)
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Maria Ternan (as Ms. Perdita Weeks)
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Charles Dickens (as Mr. Ralph Fiennes)
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Mr. Mark Lemon (as Mr. Richard McCabe)
Gabriel Vick ...
Mr. Berger (as Mr. Gabriel Vick)
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Mr. Augustus Egg (as Mr. Mark Dexter)
Joseph Paxton ...
Mr. Pigott (as Mr. Joseph Paxton)
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In the 1850s, Ellen Ternan is a minimally talented actress who catches the eye of the hailed British author, Charles Dickens. Bored with his intellectually unstimulating wife, Dickens takes the educated Ellen as his mistress with the cooperation of her mother. What follows is a stormy relationship with this literary giant who provides her with a life few women of her time can enjoy. Yet, Ellen is equally revolted by Charles' emotional cruelty and determination to keep her secret. In that conflict, Ellen must judge her own role in her life and decide if the price she pays is bearable. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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$27,136 (USA) (3 January 2014)

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$1,233,347 (USA) (9 May 2014)
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Ralph Fiennes and Felicity Jones, who play lovers in this movie, also worked together in Cemetery Junction (2010), in which they played father and daughter. In a 2013 interview with Jones and Fiennes on NPR, Jones said that it was "weird" and "very Freudian" to go from playing one relationship to the other, but Fiennes disagreed, saying "It's just a job. Come on." See more »

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When collecting cash for the hospital, there is an 1895 Crown coin on the plate. Charles Dickens died in 1870. See more »

Quotes

Charles Dickens: A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is a profound secret and mystery to every other.
Nelly: Until that secret is given to another to look after. And then perhaps two human creatures may know each other.
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The Three Fishers
Lyrics by Charles Kingsley
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Rich in atmosphere
11 February 2014 | by (California) – See all my reviews

The film is rich in atmosphere, recreating the sights and sounds of the Victorian era, along with some excellent acting on the part of all the actors, especially Felicity Jones who plays Charles Dickens' "invisible woman". But the story is overly long, taking too much time to tell the tale, as if this film itself were one of Dickens' serialized novels for which he was paid by the page. In addition, the strange choice to have no musical sound track detracts from the film, leaving it bland in spots. There is some merit with turning down the music and listening to life, but there is equal merit to having the music accompany the scene, and this film doesn't strike a good balance. Fiennes' previous directorial effort "Coriolanus" (2011) was excellent, but the current film demonstrates he has a lot more to learn.


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