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141 Ratings

The Invisible Woman

Directed by Ralph Fiennes
United Kingdom, 2013


Ralph Fiennes directs and stars as Charles Dickens in this opulent period drama about the great novelist’s passionate, years-long secret affair with the young actress Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones; Like Crazy).

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The Invisible Woman Directed by Ralph Fiennes
If The Invisible Woman is a tale of repression and abuse, it also somehow remains a bittersweet love story, sympathetic to all its characters and unfussy — even understated — in staging the horrors and humiliations that Ellen must endure.
February 06, 2014
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As director, Fiennes avoids the emotional detachment one expects from the genre, aiming instead for a hushed, at times discomforting sense of intimacy. Yet an air of complacency hangs over the project; its condemnation of Victorian sexism makes us congratulate ourselves for our more enlightened views.
January 22, 2014
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The Invisible Woman is a near perfect example of a costume drama that makes no concession to the Downton Abbey school of novelettish melodrama… Much of its power resides in its rhymes: the twinned theater productions; or the shots of Dickens and Nelly facing each other, together but apart. Nelly’s fate is rendered by a recurring motif of enclosing her within frames, mostly windows—a woman trapped by more than corsets.
December 25, 2013
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