Trailer Review: Ammonite (2020)
Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan begin a scandalous relationship in 1840's.
Its the film festival season again! While many have been cancelled (including Cannes'), it did not stop them from announcing their selections for this year.
One which features in both Cannes and Telluride film festivals top selection is award-winning director Francis Lee's (God's Own Country) Ammonite. Kate Winslet plays Mary Anning, the brilliant but overlooked English fossil collector who finds herself taking up a job to care for a convalescing young woman, Saoirse Ronan.
Both develop a deep relationship that crosses the boundary of what was acceptable in the early 19th Century.
The film has muted colors mirroring the repressed emotions of its two leads. More than focusing on the scandal, the director seems more focused on building the subtle nuances of the two characters in what promises to be effectivea subtly journey. It also stars British veterans Gemma Jones and Fiona Shaw, both of whom featured in the Harry Potter series.
Even at the end, when most trailers squeeze in the big moments and shots, Ammonite holds steadfast to its focus on its characters.
With nods from Cannes and other festivals, this film could be at the forefront of the award season too.