Effie Gray (12A)
Dir: Richard Laxton, UK, 2014, 108 minutes, cert: 12A. Cast: Emma Thompson, Dakota Fanning, David Suchet.
Nineteen-year-old Effie Gray marries esteemed art critic John Ruskin, a cold and distant man who, seemingly repelled by his young bride, refuses to consummate their marriage. Neglected and shunned, and her health suffering from the strain of the crumbling relationship, Effie defies Victorian society by striking up a friendship with one of Ruskin’s acolytes, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood painter John Everett Millais. It’s a friendship that blossoms into something else, and which sends shockwaves through polite society.
The film features a truly sterling ensemble cast including Greg Wise as Ruskin, and Tom Sturridge as Millais, with supporting roles from BAFTA winners James Fox, Robbie Coltrane, and two-time Oscar nominee Julie Walters.
Exquisitely made, with a witty and acerbic script exploring Victorian social and sexual mores, ‘Effie Gray’ is a sumptuous treat that will delight fans of ‘Rebecca’, ‘Bridgerton’ and ‘Pride and Prejudice’.
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