Showing: 13 June 2021 , 15 June 2021 until 16 June 2021
Francis Lee follows up God’s Own Country with the immersive, tactile and emotionally powerful Ammonite, featuring devastatingly good performances from Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan.
A fictionalised account of the life of the 19th century palaeontologist Mary Anning, Winslet plays the pioneering scientist while Ronan plays the gentlewoman, Charlotte Murchison, who falls in love with her while staying in Mary’s beloved Lyme Regis.
Lee once again displays his ability to convey vivid textures and a strong sense of place – from the salty seaside cottage and the weight of a fossil or tool, to the roar of the sea – and is aided by Stéphane Fontaine’s (A Prophet, Jackie) first rate cinematography.
Deftly taking in the erasure of women from the history of science, the film is also woven through with an unusually subtle take on class difference in small town 19th-century Britain and its subversion within the exclusive company of women. Yet at its heart, Ammonite is a love story – one of great intimacy and candour – with Winslet and Ronan excelling in movingly unguarded performances.
- Tricia Tuttle, BFI
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