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AMMONITE
2020, Neon, 120 min, UK/Australia/USA, Dir: Francis Lee

In the 1840s, self-taught palaeontologist Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) works alone on the wild Southern English coastline of Lyme Regis. The days of her famed discoveries behind her, she now hunts for common fossils to sell to rich tourists to support herself and her ailing mother (Gemma Jones). When one such tourist, Roderick Murchison (James McArdle), arrives in Lyme, he entrusts Mary with the care of his young wife Charlotte (Saoirse Ronan), who is recuperating from a personal tragedy. Too poor to turn him down but proud and dedicated to her work, Mary clashes with her unwanted guest - they are two women from utterly different worlds. Yet Mary and Charlotte eventually discover they can each offer what the other has been searching for: the realization that they are not alone. It is the beginning of a passionate and all-consuming love affair that will defy all social bounds and alter the course of both lives irrevocably.


LITTLE WOMEN
2019, Sony Pictures, 134 min, USA, Dir: Greta Gerwig

Writer-director Greta Gerwig (LADY BIRD) has crafted a LITTLE WOMEN that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects on her fictional life. In Gerwig’s take, the beloved story of the March sisters - four young women each determined to live life on her own terms in the wake of the Civil War - is both timeless and timely. Portraying Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth March, the film stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen, with Timothée Chalamet as their neighbor Laurie, Laura Dern as Marmee and Meryl Streep as Aunt March. Nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Ronan), Best Supporting Actress (Pugh), Best Adapted Screenplay (Gerwig), and Best Original Music Score (Alexandre Desplat). “Gerwig’s adaptation looks at the eponymous little women through ambitious storytelling techniques that modernize the book’s timeless story in unexpected ways.” - Kate Erbland, IndieWire.


MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
2018, Focus Features, 125 min, Dir: Josie Rourke

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan). Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth 1 (Margot Robbie). Each young queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion and conspiracies within court imperil both thrones – and change the course of history.


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