Ammonite

Ammonite

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Francis Lee’s sensational biopic of palaeontology pioneer Mary Anning reimagines her erotic encounter with a woman trapped in a stifling marriage

It is odd to reflect that Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan have not yet featured in a film together. Ammonite unites them at last as Winslet who plays Mary Anning, a pioneering palaeontologist collecting specimens along Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. She is entrusted to care for Charlotte, the young wife of a wealthy tourist. Initially they clash but despite differences of class and personality a bond grows between them compelling the two women to determine the true nature of their relationship.

Francis Lee directed the bleak and beautiful ‘God’s Own Country in 2017. Expect suppressed emotions and scandal set against rugged and magnificent southern coastline.