April 16th, 2015 by PRatt
May 17, 2015 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm

(UK, 2015) Director: Richard Laxton. Screenplay by Emma Thompson. Cast Dakota Fanning, Greg Wise, Emma Thompson, David Suchet, Tom Sturridge, Claudia Cardinale, Derek Jacobi.

The notoriously ill-fated marriage of author James Ruskin and Effie Gray is a superbly observed portrait of Victorian repression and dysfunction, here written by actress Emma Thompson. The acclaimed actress also appears in the film as a confidante to Effie, a red-haired Scottish beauty who would go on to inspire the pre-Raphaelite painters. But back to the dysfunction…When Gray arrives in Ruskin’s over-stuffed London mansion, she finds herself rejected physically and emotionally by a man who, it is implied, was averse to adult women. But Gray is up to some rejecting of her own, challenging the Victorian convention that kept women unhappy and subservient in sexually unfulfilling marriages. 108 min.

“Fanning is a worthy muse for Thompson. She has developed into an actress who can convey considerable depth and feeling behind those haunting pale blue eyes.” – Thomas Lee, San Francisco Chronicle.



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