Review: The Invisible Woman

Ralph Fiennes - an astonishing resemblance to Charles Dickens

Ralph Fiennes – a striking resemblance to Charles Dickens


Ralph Fiennes’ second outing as a director, The Invisible Woman, arrives in selected cinemas this Friday, 7 February.

The story of Charles Dickens’ affair with 18 year old actress, Ellen Ternan, it’s unknown territory for Fiennes who admitted that he knew very little about Dickens – the man or his literature – before he started work on the project.  He also stars as Dickens and the physical resemblance is striking although, as the story is told through Ellen’s eyes in flashback, we don’t see too much of his darker side.  We are, however, left in no doubt about his treatment of his loyal wife, Catherine, who had borne him nine children and whose appearance had suffered as a result.

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The Invisible Woman opens at selected cinemas this Friday, 7 February and goes on general release on Friday, 21 February.



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