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Frances Lee · UK · 2020 · 118 mins · 18A
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Francis Lee’s filmography, in particular the 2017 classic God’s Own Country, has centered the around the questions about what makes us, and what makes us love, and he provides the same frame to Ammonite, a fictional take on the life of self-taught paleontologist Mary Anning.

In a small town along England’s southern coast, Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) scrapes a life together. She has been discovering fossils in Lyme Regis’s muddy, sandy, dangerous cliffs for years, and they’ve sustained her family, now whittled down to just her widowed mother. Mary is putting forth some of the greatest discoveries of the time, but has never been allowed entry into the patriarchal world of explorers and archeologists and paleontologists and adventurers. Everything changes, though, when aspiring paleontologist Roderick Murchison (James McArdle) arrives in town with his wife, Charlotte (Saoirse Ronan,) and asks Mary to look after Charlotte when he needs to travel to the rest of Europe for his continued explorations. What is at first a bristling, uncomfortable relationship forced upon the two women, slowly, suddenly, transforms into something else. The beauty of Ammonite is in the details that show us the protective walls these women have built for themselves, and how their companionship chips away at that security, bit by bit, until a certain sense of raw neediness is revealed. --Pajiba

“From the beginning of “Ammonite,” writer/director Francis Lee trusts his lead performer to convey an incredible amount without dialogue. And that trust pays off in one of the best performances of Kate Winslet’s career.”—

“An exquisite achievement.”—San Francisco Chronicle

Cast Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Jones
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