Francis Lee’s handsome follow-up to God’s Own Country is an austere period drama charting the 1840s brusque romance between Lyme Regis fossil hunter Mary Anning (Kate Winslet), and melancholic wife Charlotte Murchison (Saoirse Ronan), sent to the coast to convalesce. As the sea rages, so do the emotions of the two women... Highlighting female erasure from history, patriarchal entitlement and the yoke of reproduction on women via a slowburn, Ammonite recalls Portrait Of A Lady On Fire and could attract similar gong conversations.
Deserved winner of TIFF’s people’s choice award (traditionally a bellwether for Oscar glory), Chloé Zhao’s meditative, beautiful film hits all the right notes following widowed Fern (Frances McDormand) as she loses her home and buys a van to live in. Travelling the country to take on seasonal work, she meets other nomads – discovering their stories, the wonder of America’s vistas and her own peace. Unflinching in depicting the hardships of hardscrabble life (including McDormand’s explosive poo in her camper bucket), yet also luminously gorgeous (national park travel porn), Zhao’s film invites introspection on what really matters and feels like the perfect film for our times.
SHADOW IN THE CLOUD
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