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Ammonite Rated 15

Ammonite

Dir. Francis Lee. UK, 2020. 1h 57m. Starring Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Jones, Fiona Shaw, James McArdle, Alec Secăreanu.

In 19th-century England, acclaimed palaeontologist Mary Anning devotes her days to scouring the Lyme Regis coast cataloguing fossils and selling them to tourists to support her mother. When a visitor brings along his grieving wife and then leaves her in Mary’s company to recover, an intense relationship develops between the two women. Francis Lee’s windswept period romance is immersive and emotionally powerful much like his award-winning 2017 debut God’s Own Country.

‘Winslet and Ronan don’t have chemistry so much as a kind of mesmerising tectonic accord, and slowly but surely, the two converge…Gorgeous’ ★★★★★ Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

‘But uncertainty is at the very heart of Ammonite. It’s not quite a love story, at least in the traditional sense. Nor is it an empowerment tale. It’s a film about how those we choose to love end up defining who we are.’ ★★★★ Clarisse Loughery, The Independent