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Prospect recommends: Film: The Invisible Woman

By Francine Stock  

The Invisible Woman

On release from 7th February

Forget the lawks-a-mercy effusions of so many screen representations of Charles Dickens’s works, Ralph Fiennes’s second film as actor/director is a cool, compelling account of repression and persistent passion. With a screenplay based on Claire Tomalin’s award-winning book, Fiennes depicts the writer’s relationship with Nelly Ternan, the youngest daughter of a thespian family. Avoiding costume drama cliché for a close, almost subjective approach (strong on cinematography and sound design) he develops a tale not just of one woman, but several wives, mothers and mistresses pushed to the margins even of their own…

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