Francis Lee directs Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Jones in this period romance where real life palaeontologist Mary Anning looks after and falls for a grieving rich man’s wife.
A cold film where the intimate moments are heightened tactile encounters. A muddy rock being carried. A fossil being scraped. A new hat that shares the spiral pattern of an ammonite in the stitching. I liked the restraint of most of it. But I loved the pent up thrill of eventually seeing Ladybird ride Rose from Titanic’s face. I’m only human and this worked just as grandly as an acting showcase for two of my favourite stars as it did lesbian cottage core slash fic with two of my favourite stars. A fine movie.
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