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Ammonite

Published April 11, 2021

Ammonite

Film info

  • Title Ammonite
  • Director Francis Lee
  • Year 2020
  • Run time 1hr 52m
  • Genres Drama, Romance
  • Tagline A passionate and all-consuming love affair

In the 1840s, acclaimed self-taught paleontologist Mary Anning works alone on the wild and brutal Southern English coastline of Lyme Regis. The days of her famed discoveries behind her, she now hunts for common fossils to sell to rich tourists. When one such tourist, Roderick Mruchison, arrives in Lyme, he entrusts Mary with the care of his young wife Charlotte, who is recuperating from a personal tragedy. They are two women from utterly different worlds.

Live blog

TimeComment
3:21Amazing to work by the sea all day but also… freezing!
6:53That is a fresh egg, straight from the chicken coop into the saucepan.
10:00“All the boys together.” “Quite.”
12:15I love how anti-social and of few words she is.
22:26It would only be four weeks, he says, as if that isn’t ages to spend time with someone you don’t know.
29:56Them bathing hut things are epic, wish we still had those.
38:10Lovely Fiona Shaw being a bit of a temptress.
45:06Ew, that’s too big a beetle to hold in your hand.
50:36“What a lot of questions. I might have preferred it when you were unconscious.”
1:00:04Uh oh, the ex and the new girlfriend sitting next to each other.
1:14:41How come there is never anyone else on the beach? Ever?
1:28:24I can’t stop thinking about the luggage with her initials on. So posh.
1:35:22Just had to google perspicacity.
1:45:57She’s not going to pick love over fossils though.
1:50:37Her face in front of the painting is amazing.

Thoughts

I think there should be a genre of film that is essentially: quiet, thoughtful, will rest your mind. After a busy day, this was exactly the right film for that - just beautiful pictures, a quiet story, well-told. It’s not perfect, there are some clichés in there and a few question marks over the historical accuracy of the piece, but ultimately it was just a lovely thing to watch.

Winslet was exceptional too, and the pair of them managed to convey great chemistry considering how light on conversation the script was.

Rating: 4 / 5

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