Written by and co-starring Academy Award Winner Emma Thompson, "Effie Gray" explores the scandalous love triangle between Victorian art critic John Ruskin, his teenage bride Effie Gray, and Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais. After marrying at the tender age of 19, Effie quickly realises her marriage is a lie when Ruskin refuses to consummate it, Yearning for affection, she soon falls for the charms of the artist, Millais. Desperate to be freed from Ruskin, Effie embarks on a life-changing journey to become Mm one of the first women in history to seek a divorce from her husband, making her an everlasting figure in feminist history.
I found this beautifully filmed but slow. So much had to be read into the subtext. So many opportunities to get to know the characters but they became superficial. Except for the odd moment like Cotrane's character the doctor. So much promised with a star coast failed to entertain.
Beautiful historical drama
- Effie Gray review by HELEN
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This was a delight, Dakota Fanning in her finest performance is increasingly restrained as the neglected, oppressed Effie. The cast is strong and the toxic influence of Ruskin's suffocating parents is intensely depicted. I would have loved to have seen more of Effie's later, happier life.. Visually a quietly beautiful film.