The Invisible Woman

The Invisible Woman

The Invisible Woman

Ralph Fiennes (Coriolanus) makes his second directorial effort with this adaptation of Claire Tomalin’s award-winning biographical novel on Nelly Ternan, the secret lover of Charles Dickens. Fiennes stars as the infatuated Dickens alongside Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) as Ternan and Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient) as Nelly’s mother. 

Nelly, a happily-married mother and schoolteacher, is haunted by her past. Her memories take us back in time to follow the story of her relationship with Dickens, with whom she discovered an exciting but fragile complicity. Dickens - famous, controlling and emotionally isolated within his success - falls for Nelly, who comes from a family of actors. The theatre is a vital arena for Dickens, a man more emotionally coherent on the page or on stage, than in life. As Nelly becomes the focus of Dickens' passion and his muse, for both of them secrecy is the price, and for Nelly a life of "invisibility".

Tomalin's book is adapted for the screen by Abi Morgan, screenwriter of The Iron Lady and Shame.

2013Rating: M, Mature themes111 minsUK
BiographyDramaTrue Story & BiographyRomanceHistorical
87%
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Tastefully mounted and brilliantly acted.

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Time Out

Time Out

press

Only partly a romance; it’s the tragedy of Nelly’s life that makes itself more powerfully heard.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A mature movie, prudent in the best possible sense.

4.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Sometimes content to be a little too subtle.

0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

A competently told tale, but there are few high points.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A career high point for Ralph Fiennes as both an actor and director.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

One for lovers of ravishing craft, although the elusive emotional engagement is frustrating.

4.0
0

Wonderful film on love

This movie was one my Grandma and I could enjoy together at both ends of the age spectrum and we could share what we liked. We both cried and loved the lead actresses performance, she was so amazing. If you like to think about love and what does it mean and the choices you make then this film will have you thinking for a day or two.

5.0
0

Arthouse historical drama

Slowish biographical romantic drama about Charles Dickens, the writer of so many classics you have to read at school to show some literary competance.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Tastefully mounted and brilliantly acted.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Only partly a romance; it’s the tragedy of Nelly’s life that makes itself more powerfully heard.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A mature movie, prudent in the best possible sense.

4.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Sometimes content to be a little too subtle.

0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

A competently told tale, but there are few high points.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A career high point for Ralph Fiennes as both an actor and director.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

One for lovers of ravishing craft, although the elusive emotional engagement is frustrating.

4.0
0

Wonderful film on love

This movie was one my Grandma and I could enjoy together at both ends of the age spectrum and we could share what we liked. We both cried and loved the lead actresses performance, she was so amazing. If you like to think about love and what does it mean and the choices you make then this film will have you thinking for a day or two.

5.0
0

Arthouse historical drama

Slowish biographical romantic drama about Charles Dickens, the writer of so many classics you have to read at school to show some literary competance.

3.0
0