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The Invisible Woman (2013)

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At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death.

Director:

Ralph Fiennes

Writers:

Abi Morgan, Claire Tomalin (book)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Felicity Jones ... Nelly (as Ms. Felicity Jones)
John Kavanagh ... Rev. William Benham (as Mr. John Kavanagh)
Tom Attwood Tom Attwood ... Mr. Lambourne (as Mr. Tom Atwood)
Susanna Hislop Susanna Hislop ... Mary (as Ms. Susanna Hislop)
Tom Burke ... Mr. George Wharton Robinson (as Mr. Tom Burke)
Tommy Curson-Smith Tommy Curson-Smith ... Geoffrey (as Mr. Tommy Curson-Smith)
David Collings ... Governor (as Mr. David Collings)
Michael Marcus ... Charley Dickens (as Mr. Michael Marcus)
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Mrs. Frances Ternan (as Ms. Kirstin Scott Thomas)
Perdita Weeks ... Maria Ternan (as Ms. Perdita Weeks)
Ralph Fiennes ... Charles Dickens (as Mr. Ralph Fiennes)
Richard McCabe ... Mr. Mark Lemon (as Mr. Richard McCabe)
Gabriel Vick Gabriel Vick ... Mr. Berger (as Mr. Gabriel Vick)
Mark Dexter ... Mr. Augustus Egg (as Mr. Mark Dexter)
Joseph Paxton Joseph Paxton ... Mr. Pigott (as Mr. Joseph Paxton)
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Storyline

In the 1850s, Ellen Ternan is a minimally talented actress who catches the eye of the hailed British author, Charles Dickens. Bored with his intellectually unstimulating wife, Dickens takes the educated Ellen as his mistress with the cooperation of her mother. What follows is a stormy relationship with this literary giant who provides her with a life few women of her time can enjoy. Yet, Ellen is equally revolted by Charles' emotional cruelty and determination to keep her secret. In that conflict, Ellen must judge her own role in her life and decide if the price she pays is bearable. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Charles Dickens' greatest story was the one he could never tell.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

21 February 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A titokzatos szerető See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,948, 29 December 2013

Gross USA:

$1,234,254

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,986,888
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ralph Fiennes both directed and stars in the film (playing Charles Dickens). See more »

Goofs

Very early in the film, Dickens introduces a member of his acting troupe as "Mr. Berger" with a 'soft' g, like a j; moments later, he refers to him as "Mr. Berger" with the g pronounced as 'hard'. There's no explanation for this discrepancy. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mr. George Wharton Robinson: Our boys' curriculum is very wide. They perform a short play at the end of every term. Theater's an abiding interest of my wife... Ah, Mary, tea if you please.
Mary: [arriving late] Yes, sir.
Mr. George Wharton Robinson: Through the open door... Nelly, where were you? Mr. Benham has been here since 3:00.
Nelly: I'm so sorry. Mr. Lambourne has been organizing the boys best he can.
Mary: I lost all sense of time...
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Crazy Credits

The full cast list (in order of appearance) is presented in the style of a Dickens era theatre programme, with contemporary font and the performers' names preceded by "Mr." or "Ms." See more »

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Referenced in Film 2017: Episode dated 30 January 2014 (2014) See more »

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The British Grenadiers
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Traditional
[Dickens and Collins humming as they arrive at Nelly's birthday party]
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Affair in the 1850's
20 April 2014 | by cinematic_aficionadoSee all my reviews

If a renowned writer were to embark in an affair with a younger woman, it would make some headlines, generate some chatter but most of us will leave it at that.

That was not the case in the 1850's. When esteemed author Charles Dickens begun an affair, all sorts of efforts were put in place to stop it from becoming public. Divorce in that time, was an absolute scandal, an abomination.

So, this young, attractive, talented woman who in all certainty had a profound effect in the works of one of the most respected writers in the English language was in effect an invisible woman. Whilst she was the centre of Dickens' world, the world ought to not know her. Such were those times.

Whilst it might appear as sluggish, even flat that is not so. We get to observe the effect of the affair amongst people who had a compulsion to appear composed and reserved at all times. It is a glimpse in to a world gone by.


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