Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Invisible Woman: See Her

               Felicity Jones is the invisible woma.
At the beginning of this thoughtful, intelligent period piece, we meet a young wife and mother. It's the late 19th century and she's haunted by her past. In flashbacks we learn why.

At the age of 18, with no prospects, her well-meaning mother encourages an affair with a much older family friend, the famous and famously married Charles Dickens.

She's a chaste girl and reluctantly enters into life as his mistress, a decision that brings her more unhappiness than joy. When her invisibility threatens to shatter... Let's leave it there.

The movie stars Ralph Fiennes as the renowned author and is directed by the actor. It's engrossing and enlightening as good costume dramas should be and seemingly based on fact.

One wonderful scene finds Charles and Nelly discussing the ending for Great Expectations, proving she's more than a pretty face.

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