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DVD Review – June 2014 – Mark David Hatwood

invisiblewomanThe Invisible Woman – Starring Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones & Kristin Scott Thomas Directed by Ralph Fiennes

Nelly (Felicity Jones), a happily-married mother and schoolteacher, is haunted by her past. Her memories, provoked by remorse and guilt, take us back in time to follow the story of her relationship with Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) with whom she discovered an exciting but fragile complicity.

Dickens – famous, controlling and emotionally isolated within his success – falls for Nelly, who comes from a family of actors. The theatre is a vital arena for Dickens – a brilliant amateur actor – a man more emotionally coherent on the page or on stage, than in life. As Nelly becomes the focus of Dickens’ passion and his muse, for both of them secrecy is the price, and for Nelly a life of “invisibility”.

Despite being saddled with all of the demands that come with directing a movie – and his debut! – Fiennes also manages to spit out one of the best performances of his career. There is a poetic quality about the film with its dreamy cinematography, ethereal music and wonderful sense of time and place.

Verdict:  An opulent, sensitive, albeit slow-moving, film, this compelling literary love story capture our heart. ****

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  • By complete coincidence, Daphne Neville who has a small part in this film, also worked on the 1974 feature film of ‘Swallows & Amazons’ featured this month in Sallie’s article. She appears in two of the books reviewed: ‘Funnily Enough’ as well as ‘The Secrets of Filming Swallows & Amazons’, which is illustrated with photos she took 40 years ago. To see more, please go to: http://daphneneville.com/biography/

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