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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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Mr. Lambourne
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Mary
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Mr. George Wharton Robinson
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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 has 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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$1,222,863 (USA) (11 April 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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Refreshingly well made, atmospheric and enjoyable
6 March 2014 | by (Colchester, England) – See all my reviews

Charles Dickens compelling personality seems to live on. My favourite author was well portrayed in this film. I enjoyed the careful language and articulation in this film, no mumbled asides which might be missed. No swearing at all. Carefully made and shot, the film music was played only when necessary. Piano or strings, no orchestra to intrude on conversations or emphasise the mood. This was also refreshing. The make up and costumes followed photographs of the time which are reproduced in Claire Tomlin's book. Dickens mesmeric personality was beautifully portrayed by Rafe Fiennes. Felicity Finch as Ellen Ternan said little. What could she say? The film concentrated on Ellen Ternan. The Staplehurst rail accident was well portrayed. In fact it is likely Ellen's mother was traveling with them at the time of the accident. Also, newspaper reports of the time depict Dickens working tirelessly to help and tend to the injured. I was pleased Feines chose the storm from David Copperfield rather than the murder of Nancy from Oliver Twist to illustrate Dickens' public readings. I thought the transition of Ellen from star struck teenager to single participant in Dickens private and personal life was well handled. I enjoyed the ebullient camaraderie portrayed between Wilkie Collins (an almost unrecognisable Tom Hollander) and Charles Dickens the most. It was left open to us to decide if Ellen were happier as a wife and mother. It is also possible that Dickens need for Ellen was part of his need to escape from his public image and the demands of family life. Did his punishing self-imposed routine of public readings, writing at his home at Gads Hill in Kent and staying with Ellen near Slough hasten his death at 58. At the risk of repeating myself, I enjoyed the film. It's a definite "watch again" for me.


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