Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones and Kristin Scott Thomas stars in a new drama with The Invisible Woman. This new movie tells the untold story of author Charles Dickens and his secret mistress. The Invisible Woman is based on Claire Tomalin’s book: The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Terman and Charles Dickens. This film is directed by Ralph Fiennes and made its debut at the Telluride Film Festival last August 31st 2013. Check out what a critic has to say about this new film below:
“Ralph Fiennes’ The Invisible Woman
Having already put his own fevered spin on Shakespeare with 2011’s “Coriolanus,” actor-turned-director Ralph Fiennes sets his sights on another literary great – Charles Dickens – with “The Invisible Woman,” a cool, compelling follow-up in which he plays the beloved English author opposite Felicity Jones as the eponymous mistress, Ellen “Nelly” Ternan.
We initially join Ternan later in her life, as she stages a grade school production of Dickens’ “No Thoroughfare” in 1883, apparently incapable of doing so without recalling fonder times in which Ternan was cast alongside her sisters and mother (Kristin Scott Thomas) in a Dickens-directed performance of “The Frozen Deep” in 1857. Already something of a celebrity, the acclaimed author and playwright was in his forties while Nelly was a fledgling actress in her teens, and not a terribly well-regarded one at that. Nonetheless, she loved his work and he, her youthful vigor, a welcome contrast to dowdy wife Catherine (Joanna Scanlan). “I walk at quite a pace,” Dickens coyly admits, and Nelly looks to keep up in many regards.
In adapting Claire Tomalin’s biography of Ternan, Fiennes and writer Abi Morgan mercifully forsake the gee-golly traditions of similar fame-minded fare (“My Week with Marilyn,” “Me and Orson Welles”) in constructing a narrative as emotionally repressed as its subjects must have been, with each character existing within their own arena of personal and social compromise. Though publicly adored, Fiennes’ Dickens perceives himself to be privately neglected, not an egomaniac so much as a man with short-sighted concerns, willing to disregard the mother of his ten (!) children for the passion of an extramarital affair. To that end, Scanlan embodies but one of several of the film’s invisible women, a downtrodden domestic presence who makes a strong, sad impression with just a handful of scenes.
When Catherine and Nelly meet, for instance, hardly any improper behavior has occurred, a fact that doesn’t prevent Mrs. Dickens from addressing her guest with equal envy and pity for what’s to come. Nelly’s mother similarly offers a premature warning while also acknowledging that her daughter may never find a better prospect than Charles, his marriage and family be damned. Having already objected to the illicit romantic arrangement between Dickins’ creative partner, Wilkie Collins (Tom Hollander), and his own discreet suitor, Nelly does initially hesitate to indulge her idol’s advances. As the relationship inevitably proceeds, Jones’ perfectly taciturn performance captures well her concerns over whether the need to feel wanted outweighs the possibility of being forgotten or, worse yet, remembered by others for all the wrong reasons.”
The rest of the review can be read at Film.com.
The Invisible Woman is set for release this Christmas, December 25th 2013.
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