Ammonite

audience Reviews

, 82% Audience Score
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Ammonite in terms of geology means a rock having drilled sutler lines For these two ladies so many lines are drawn and eventually crossed when they meet Kate Winslet and Saiorse Ronan in the 1700s play Charlotte and Mary Mary is a paleontologist living with her sick elderly mother in a shop specializing in collecting rock samples with fossils in them. Yet she never had gotten recognition for her findings. And considering most of her family has died it's just her alone with her work. Charlotte suffered a miscarriage a while back and her husband wants her to get out of her grief and start living again. Charlottes husband drops her off, she feels sick but thanks to Mary starts feeling better. From then on both of these women develop an unusual attraction towards one another. Charlotte doesn't want to go back to the life before meeting Mary but Mary is comfortable where she is. Plus what would happen if people found out about them considering when this takes place. Acting is great from both women, it's moody and relies a lot of visual storytelling. Barely any music throughout which I guess makes the realism stick out. It's delicate and beautiful with the emotions and complexities of forbidden passion. Not for all but worth it just for the ripe chemistry of its actresses.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Great acting, cinematography and score
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Beautiful film. I often say the BBC makes the better lesbian romance films and this one doesn’t disappoint. The glances and smiles between Charlotte and Mary are intoxicating. I think of my favorite things is the constant sound of the ocean waves crashing on the coast. Almost felt like I was in Lyme.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    Francis Lee's second film, following his 2017 debut with the assured and steamy God's Own Country, treads very similar territory but with newly enhanced star power in Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan as the central leads. Set in Dorset around the 19th century, it takes quite a few liberties with Winslet's real life fossil hunter Mary Anning by fictionalizing a romantic story between her and Ronan's Charlotte Murchison, a young woman whose rich husband had left her in Anning's care while he's away. Deliberately and patiently paced and tastefully filmed like his last, this is another slow burner where proximity leads to smouldering but repressed longings that eventually explodes into uncontainable passion which the film is not shy to convey in its full no-holds-barred glory, thus providing its female leads ample opportunity to go into fearless mode, not to mention some graphic lady on lady action, for ours and the Academy's consideration. Proving that his formula works, Lee lets the often wordless performances and the exquisite cinematography speak for themselves and he has crafted an atmospheric and wistful film here, even if he is repeating himself. Moreover, I find myself constantly being reminded of the almost identically themed Portrait of a Lady on Fire which only came out less than a year ago. Both films adopt a quiet and understating approach to the tender female-centric love story while addressing the sexual inequality suffered by women of their times, and Portrait...'s mid-18th century Brittany seaside setting contributes further to the two films looking very much alike if not interchangeable. In the end, it's Portrait...'s more impressive and emotionally charged ending that lends it the edge over Ammonite's elliptical one which feels oddly tame by comparison.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    What a beautiful picture! It really shows the frustrations of being who you are in a repressive society. Love it
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    AMMONITE is a beautiful, romantic movie. The lead actresses are at the top of their game. I love the director's prior film and this one lives up to it.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Wonderful and beautiful
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Beautiful. Poignant. Romantic. It's all the things I love and more. A must-see!
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Ill be thinking about this film for days to come - devastatingly romantic, gorgeously shot.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Brilliant story of love with a backdrop of amazing cinematography.