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Rated R · 111 min. · 2013


Ralph Fiennes directs the story of Nelly Ternan, the teenage girl for whose charms Charles Dickens broke up his family. Fiennes invests the author with the manic energy he must have possessed in order to produce his many volumes of plays, lectures, poetry, short stories and long novels. And, by the way, he fathered 10 children with his wife, Catherine (sensitively played by Joanna Scanlan). Although screenwriter Abi Morgan's script emphasizes a modern reading of Ternan's plight (leading to a rather glum lead performance by Felicity Jones), the best scenes explore the subtle and not-so-subtle limitations of women's lives. Reviewed in this issue.

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Director: Ralph Fiennes
Writer: Abi Morgan
Cast: Michelle Fairley, Ralph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas, Felicity Jones, John Kavanagh, Tom Hollander, Tom Burke and Perdita Weeks

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