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Ammonite

Ammonite

DVD - 2020 | Widescreen edition.
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In the 1840s, acclaimed self-taught palaeontologist Mary Anning works alone on the wild English coastline. She hunts for common fossils to sell to rich tourists to support herself. When one such tourist arrives in Lyme, he entrusts Mary with the care of his young wife Charlotte, who is recuperating from a personal tragedy. Despite their differences, 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.
Publisher: [United States] : Allied Vaughn, [2020]
Edition: Widescreen edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
Branch Call Number: DVD AMM
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 120 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.

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carlynfry
May 02, 2021

this movie was horrible. Very disappointed as I'm a huge Winslet fan. Script was cheesy, plot meh, character development very poor.

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Sheila McEwen
Apr 25, 2021

Please don't waste your time on this! There are so many more movies to watch and ways to spend your time.

It was SO bad - I saw it in the theatres before lockdown. I should have walked out and done something else!

No real plot. Just sadness all around. I was expecting so much more.

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dirtbag
Mar 29, 2021

I thought it was well acted by both women because there was little dialogue and, therefore, real acting was needed to move the action.

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jimg2000
Mar 18, 2021

(Added quotes on 3/19)

There are many well known accomplished and important lesbians throughout human history, just like there are countless men who are gay. Closer to this story, well known female gay scientists are Sara Josephine Baker, Lynn Conway and Sally Ride. This film focuses on a fossil hunter Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) who wants both a career to be independent and romance with Charlotte Murchison (Saoirse Ronan,) not an easy path to happiness for a woman back in the days.

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msteinore
Mar 16, 2021

The major flaw with this movie is the screenplay's focus on the personal life of Mary Anning, an accomplished fossil collector who made some of the most important contributions to paleontology in her time, a time when women were not allowed at university, nor in important scientific societies. Entirely self-taught, she barely got any credit for her contributions in her lifetime (1800-1850), but has started to in the last ten years. Eleanor Roosevelt, Indira Ghandi, Florence Nightingale, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, etc. If you're going to see a biographical movie about a woman who makes ground-breaking contributions, would you like it to be about her accomplishments, or her presumed sex life? What a disappointment.

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fortysevenplus
Mar 16, 2021

The script, production design and acting are absolutely excellent. A very quiet telling of poverty and wealth mixed with love.

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21221018293347
Feb 28, 2021

Mary Anning was a woman paleontologist in the early 1800's, an exceptional woman for her times. Sullen, closed, and cloistered in her work, her world is interrupted by a young woman who unlocks her distance from people and emotion. As the two search the beach for fossils, Mary opens up to the young woman, and to her own emotions. This is a universal story of a shattered soul who is touched by kindness and allows herself to become vulnerable to her emotions. Kate Winslet does a good job of playing the sullen, driven Mary Anning.

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jimg2000
Mar 19, 2021

I know I hurt you terribly, and I'm deeply sorry for that. I just wasn't sure I could live up to you. Or your expectations of me. A small side step could curtail it completely. I wasn't the enemy, but it often felt like I was.
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No children.
-I'm sorry.
For what? My mother had ten. I remember six of them dying. And two before me. Eight babies dead. Each one taking something of her when they went. I have my work. I didn't need children as well.
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Father would turn in his grave if he thought I'd gone to bed without cleaning his tools.
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Please, why are you doing this?
-I don't want to go back to the life I had before you.
What about my life, Charlotte? My work?
-I can't bear to think of you suffering out on those beaches in all weathers. And now you'll be free to do your important work, your scientific work.
You don't understand me. No! Your proposition makes me feel like some fancy bird in a gilded cage.

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