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Releases November 13, 2020
1840s England, acclaimed but overlooked fossil hunter Mary Anning and a young woman sent to convalesce by the sea develop an intense relationship, altering both of their lives forever


Francis Lee


Francis Lee
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah White Sarah White ... Museum Cleaning Woman
Liam Thomas ... Museum Workman
Sam Parks ... Curator
Kate Winslet ... Mary Anning
Gemma Jones ... Molly Anning
Fiona Shaw ... Elizabeth Philpot
Claire Rushbrook ... Eleanor Butters
Alec Secareanu ... Dr. Lieberson
James McArdle ... Roderick Murchison
Saoirse Ronan ... Charlotte Murchison
Nick Pearse ... Three Cups Waiter
Victoria Elliott ... Three Cups Maid
Beatrice Curnew Beatrice Curnew ... Party Guest
Susie Baxter Susie Baxter ... Party Guest
Gethin Alderman ... Party Guest


In 1840s England, acclaimed but overlooked fossil hunter Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) works alone on the rugged Southern coastline. With the days of her famed discoveries behind her, she now searches for common fossils to sell to tourists to support herself and her ailing mother. When a wealthy visitor entrusts Mary with the care of his wife Charlotte Murchison (Saoirse Ronan), she cannot afford to turn his offer down. Proud and relentlessly passionate about her work, Mary initially clashes with her unwelcome guest, but despite the distance between their social class and personalities, an intense bond begins to develop, compelling the two women to determine the true nature of their relationship. Written by See-Saw Films

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Rated R for graphic sexuality, some graphic nudity and brief language | See all certifications »

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Saoirse Ronan's favourite film growing up was Titanic (1997), so she was overjoyed to not only act in a film with Kate Winslet, but to also play her lover. She said to Kate when filming: "Who would have thought, when I was eight years old, that I'd be kissing Rose one day!" See more »

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Francis Lee's New Love Story in Victorian Era
17 October 2020 | by alaz_izmirSee all my reviews

Some viewers especially criticised the film unfairly due to the lack of explicit/bold scenes in LGBT cinema. This is not lesbian version of Tinto Brass film. It's a love story between two women coming from different backgrounds and development of story can be slow-paced but not boring. People should not forget that it took place in 19th Century in which the British society approach was prim and prude against same-sex relationships. Both main characters' performance is worth watching. It may not be masterpiece but overall, is a good film Besides, the film was going to compete in in Cannes film festival if it was not cancelled.

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