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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »





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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In the scene from 1:16:48 to 1:17:42, Saoirse Ronan really played a musical batch 'Romance in A Minor', composed by Clara Schumann. Saoirse plays on an Adam Beyer squared piano, which was made in Beyer's workshop at Compton Street, St. Anne's Parish, Soho, North London. Early instrument, burr elm in rich, golden brown colour. With the addressing, which also well visible in the film: 'Adam Beyer Londini Fecit 1774' = Adam Beyer Made [in] London 1774. See more »


The ichthyosaur and ammonite fossils shown at the beginning are too light and too easily moved to be real fossils, and are clearly reproductions made of a much lighter material. See more »


Elizabeth Philpot: You know you can always ask me for help.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Carey Mulligan/Kid Cudi (2021) See more »


Romanze in A Minor
Composed by Clara Schumann
Performed by Saoirse Ronan
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I Get It
5 December 2020 | by ggbootSee all my reviews

This is a beautiful minimalist film. People call this movie unpassionate, but they have missed the sublety of what's going on. Every look, every touch, every moment, every sound, and every silence means something. I love this film for what it is. My only caveat is that the girl meets girl but has a husband/boyfriend trope has been beaten like a dead horse. Why can't two women just fall in love without there being a man involved? Other than that, it's a beautiful film. I get it.

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Release Date:

13 November 2020 (USA) See more »

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Ammonite See more »

Filming Locations:

Lyme Regis, Dorset, England, UK See more »


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$87,552, 15 November 2020

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