Check out these 4 clips from The Invisible Woman, the upcoming period-drama starring and directed by Ralph Fiennes. The film tells the story of Charles Dickens, who, at the height of his career, meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death. Fiennes, apart from being a fantastic actor, proved his worth as a director with Coriolanus, a violent, robust modern-take on one of Shakespeare’s less-known plays. The Invisible Woman looks like a dramatic and sumptuous production, but it probably won’t be hitting the mainstream screens. Still, we’ll be in line when it comes out.
Official synopsis for The Invisible Woman:
Nelly, a happily married mother and school teacher, 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.
Dickens – famous, controlling and emotionally isolated within his success – falls for Nelly, who comes from a family of actors. The theatre is a vital arena for Dickens – a brilliant amateur actor – a man more emotionally coherent in his work, or on stage, than in life. As Nelly becomes the focus of Dickens’ passion and his muse, for both of them secrecy is the price, and for Nelly a life of ‘invisibility’.
Starring Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander, and Michelle Fairley.
ETA: UK – 7 February, 2014.