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The Invisible Woman

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Charles Dickens' hard times...

‘To love and be loved is life itself, without which we are nought’ might smack of Victorian sentiment, but this Wilkie Collins line – which bookends Ralph Fiennes’ adap of Claire Tomalin’s book about the agonised affair between Charles Dickens (Fiennes) and Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones) – is one of several aching truths it evokes.

The film shows how deeply Nelly affected Dickens, and how their hook-up ultimately enslaved her. Abi Morgan’s rich script doesn’t excuse Dickens’ philandering but doesn’t descend to easy finger-wagging.

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