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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.


CAPTAIN FANTASTIC
2016, Bleecker Street Media, 118 min, USA, Dir: Matt Ross

Director Matt Ross picked up the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes for this insightful look at a family living off the grid. Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen) has raised his six kids in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, homeschooling them with an exacting and exhilarating curriculum. But the death of his wife forces him into the outside world, where his idea of what it means to be a good parent comes under fire. “Viggo Mortensen is at the top of his game in this family dramedy, shot through with humor and heart.” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone


ELLE
2016, Sony Pictures Classics, 130 min, France/ Germany/ Belgium, Dir: Paul Verhoeven

Director Paul Verhoeven and star Isabelle Huppert both reach career peaks with this complex psychological thriller. Huppert stars as a successful video game executive who is raped in her home; rather than go to the police, she identifies her masked attacker and engages him in a twisted cat-and-mouse game. “A masterpiece of suave perversity, the movie leads its audience through a meticulously constructed maze of ambiguity, scrambling our assumptions and expectations at every turn.” - A. O. Scott, The New York Times.


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