I spent all day drawing Japanese sweets and food…don’t worry it was for my final major project at university, so there was a reason behind this madness.
HIS FACE IN THE SECOND GIF
AND THEN WHEN HE REALIZES THAT HE CALLED HER A BITCH IN THE LAST ONE
WHAT A CUTIE
Woman Samurai Tomoe Gozen
Found this on my desktop, and I think its something we can all relate to from time to time.
Drawing strangers isn’t creepy… right?
Follows the life of Nelly Ternan, a young and beautiful actress, as she embarks on a complex love affair with Charles Dickens, one of the most beloved and charismatic celebrity writers of his day. We see the tenuous beginnings, the creeping doubts and feelings of shame, amounting up to a steady acceptance of the relationship, surmised in a series of extremely tender and poignant moments between the leads. The plot is really about Nelly coming to terms with her feelings for Dickens, and about the gradual deterioration of his own marriage as he too starts to embrace his genuine love for the younger woman.
Felicity Jones is radiant as Nelly, her beauty and mystery is luminous, and it makes sense why Dickens was beguiled by her. Her performance is subtle and affecting, with all of her emotions flicker across her delicate face instantly registering, basically she doesn’t have to scream and eat the scenery to convey what she is feeling. Ralph Fiennes is also terrific, and completely disappears into the persona of this great man, I was not at all distracted, and came to see him as Dickens and to completely believe in him as a real life character. This is not a pantomime performance, like with Jones, Fiennes plays the role with tremendous respect and a seemingly real desire to delve into his psyche and to understand his own passion for Nelly. This registers beautifully in a particularly strong dramatic scene, where Dickens is forced to leave Nelly in a state of danger following a personal tragedy, in order to keep suspicion at bay, and her reputation intact. The moment is beautifully quiet but intense, as he cradles her face in his hands and looks at her with utter apologetic adoration.
The supporting cast: Kristen Scott Thomas as Nelly’s loving and devoted mother, Frances (isn’t it odd how Ralph Fiennes former leading lady in the English Patient now plays the mother of his current leading lady?), Tom Hollander who is amusing as ever in the role of Wilkie Collins, Joanna Scanlan is also brilliant as Dickens’s chilly and long suffering wife. The acting overall is excellent, and nobody really stood out as being particularly wooden or forgettable, all the characters connect well, and their relationships and interactions feel very authentic. Despite this, and no matter how wonderful these actors are, they are never really given a chance to shine, as the plot centres entirely on the two leads, and other characters so often drift in and out, only to then disappear entirely from the film!
Ralph Fiennes shines as a director in this film, which feels wonderfully authentic, and is without the slick polished look you typically see in a period drama. As I have already stated the acting is excellent, and the characters fully developed. The central relationship is also gently handled and progresses perfectly, it is in no way a sudden love-at-first-sight occurrence. It is also very interesting in many of its themes, such as the necessity of marriage in a healthy loving relationship, and questions why Dickens and Nelly should have had to hide in shame, a subject which is greatly explored also through the character of Collin’s and his own live-in mistress situation. Above all though, this is a film which will educate you about the life of Dickens, and will make you want to read his books and learn more about Victorian society.
The plot and timeline of this movie is a little difficult to follow. I am not actually sure how many years it spans! As well as this the point when Dickens and Nelly actually become lovers is also unclear, as there are many moments implying that they are together, but as a viewer you have yet to see the consummation of their relationship or any suggestion of an understanding which goes beyond friendship. As well as the confusion in the plot, many interesting characters faded into oblivion after they have made their impression on Nelly and Dickens’s own life. Nelly’s family is a good example of this, they are important fixtures early in the film, but just vanish, and are never seen or mentioned again, this aspect cannot help but come across as sloppy.
Overall however, I recommend this film! If you loves Dickens, period dramas, any of the actors involved and genuine, unique, love stories void of any dull clichés, then you will be charmed by this gorgeous film!