The Invisible Woman
Director: Ralph Fiennes
Based on Claire Tomalin’s novel, and bursting with beautiful costumes shot in natural light, The Invisible Woman examines the quiet, but newsworthy affair between author Charles Dickens and Ellen “Nelly” Ternan. Assuming a dual role as leading man and director, Ralph Fiennes keeps things very Victorian and tells the story through Nelly’s eyes looking back.
Dickens is a celebrity, making his affiliation with Nelly the talk of London. The story slowly examines the modern theme of gossip and scandal in the media, but in the late 1800s; how it unfolds and affects those under the microscope. It’s quite similar to Fiennes recent directorial debut with Coriolanus.
In supporting roles, Kristin Scott Thomas plays Nelly’s pragmatic mother who quietly encourages the affair; Joanna Scanlan suffers as Catherine Dickens, barely tolerating her husband’s promiscuity. In a scene stealing performance, Scanlan is tasked by Fiennes to deliver a birthday gift to his mistress.
If you head in with great expectations you may be slightly frustrated because of its slow movement, but it’s very Dickensian in style. However, if you’re in the mood for a beautiful film oozing with rich period sets, and a well developed lead, it’s not to be missed. (Eric Marchen)
Monday, September 9th, 6:00pm, Visa Screening Room (ELGIN)
Tuesday, September 10th, 11:45am, TIFF Bell Lightbox 1