The Invisible Woman

The Invisible Woman

DVD - 2014
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Nelly, a happily-married mother and schoolteacher, is haunted by her past. Her memories, provoked by remorse and guilt, take us back in time to follow the story of her relationship with Charles Dickens with whom she discovered an exciting but fragile complicity.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2014]
Edition: Blu-ray + DVD edition, DVD edition
ISBN: 9786315379765
6315379761
Branch Call Number: DVD Invisible
Characteristics: video file,DVD video
NTSC
digital,optical
1 videodisc (approximately 111 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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MartineVK
Jun 26, 2017

Though Dickens wrote about good vs bad, moral vs immoral people in his novels, like a lot of people he turned out to be a hypocrite. He forced his wife, who had given him something like ten children, to live apart from the family, and seduced (with money) a basically destitute would-be actress, who probably saw this as her only way out of a hopeless situation.

Not so much a love story, as one of exploitation. This film also manages to be boring and I say that as one who is okay with slow moving storylines. It's just that you don't feel for any of the characters, except maybe for Mrs. Dickens, and you don't see much of her. She really, is the invisible woman, not the mistress. Fiennes directed this film himself, and sadly it's not a good effort.

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coasting
Apr 17, 2016

I felt the invisible woman tag could very well apply to either Dicken's wife or Nelly. Nelly seemed to slide into the relationship because she couldn't earn a living, having no real acting talent. No passion but utter compliance with Dicken's wishes as she had no choice. Very well acted and photographed but I have difficulty in actually remembering the details.

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beckythecat1
Aug 17, 2015

boring and hard to follow. kept jumping forward and back in time. not sure if I thought she was stupid or just ignorant. the reviews were much to good.

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molly
May 10, 2015

same old story...husband with 10 kids attracted to young pretty woman..ho hum. and it's Dickens. Not much to it but the acting is superb as you would expect. Especially REALLY loved the acting of Dickens' wife. An aside: K Scott Thomas recently said she was retiring!

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macierules
Mar 19, 2015

Beautiful costumes and cinematography, but I can't stay awake long enough to see the ending.

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MarionAn
Mar 10, 2015

The film has succeeded in me wanting to know more of Dickens' life - I do wish someone would present a fabulous bio pic, and that Bill Bryson would write a volume on him. I enjoyed the social life being so removed from modern electrical devices: such a relief. I got lost in the oppression and quashing of one's desires by one's sense of duty, and was appalled that Ellen's life seemed like it would continue in shadow until Dickens died and she allowed her life to begin afresh or disentangled. It suggests that Dickens was more than a little selfish in having this relationship, that Nelly had no alternative as she had no skills, and these 2 aspects make me conclude there was no great meeting of minds and hearts but rather it was for mutual convenience. I hope further investigation will prove this wrong, but perhaps this was the way Dickens was: great emotion on paper but staid in life. I do hope not.

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akirakato
Feb 24, 2015

This is a 2013 British biographical drama directed by Ralph Fiennes, based on the book of the same title by Claire Tomalin.
It is about the secret love affair between Charles Dickens and Nelly Ternan, which lasted for thirteen years until his death in 1870.
Although the performnces of the actors appear superb, I don't really see how come Charles Dickens is so attracted to Nelly Terna.
I gather that he is attracted by her youth, honesty and sincerity.
In the film, however, Catherine Dickens seems like a more considerate and understanding woman than Nelly.
Charles Dickens might not have been able to understand the true character of her wife.
After all, Charles might have needed some artistic stimulation of a fresh and young woman.

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msabaye
Jan 20, 2015

Tedious, long, failing to engage. The sets, the costumes are nice, so are the shots by the sea, but it lacks intensity; it moves far too slowly for no reason it seems. Felicity Jones's acting is too uptight, too inflexible.

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Ron@Ottawa
Jan 13, 2015

Jumping back and forth in time, the plot tells of the love affair between Dickens and a much younger woman. So the story is a doomed love affair. Both directing and acting are OK but as a film it is not very engaging. Love that 'vocal only', 'Last Rose of Summer' song at the end, though.

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kanndvs2
Jan 07, 2015

This is a beautiful movie, beautiful costumes, beautiful language and beautiful sets, inside and out. I see others complain of slowness and lack of action. It is a story of a slower time, a time of relationship and feeling and I think the story is interesting and moving. I see that Ralph Fiennes, who starred, also directed. Good for him. Highly recommended.

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jimg2000
Jul 12, 2014

Strange to use Tis the Last Rose of Summer poem by Thomas Moore as epilog, part 1 of 2:

Tis the last rose of summer
Left blooming alone;
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone:
No flower of her kindred,
No rose-bud is nigh,
To reflect back her blushes,
Or give sigh for sigh.

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jimg2000
Jul 12, 2014

Last Rose poem: Part 2 of 2:
I'll not leave thee, thou lone one!
To pine on the stem;
Since the lovely are sleeping,
Go, sleep thou with them.
Thus kindly I scatter
Thy leaves o'er the bed,
Where thy mates of the garden
Lie scentless and dead.

So soon may I follow,
When friendships decay,
And from Love's shining circle
The gems drop away.
When true hearts lie wither'd,
And fond ones are flown,
Oh! who would inhabit
This bleak world alone?

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jimg2000
Jul 12, 2014

Ellen at the end of a play when auditioned in Dicken's Play:

And then epilogue.
This is a tale of woe.
This is a tale of sorrow.
A love denied. A love restored
to live beyond tomorrow.
Lest we think silence is the
place to hide a heavy heart,
remember, to love and be loved is life
itself without which we are nought.

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