Director: Paolo Sorrentino Italy / France 2013
Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese; 142 min.
Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
Geoff Pevere,Globe & Mail: “The Great Beauty is an utterly ravishing portrait of listless luxuriance, a fantasy of decadent wealth and beauty that evokes Fellini’s La Dolce Vita by way of Baz Luhrmann.”
Steve Parsall, Tampa Bay Times: “Cut from similarly sexy and satirical cloth as Federico Fellini’s masterworks a half-century ago, Paolo Sorrentino’s movie glides like reverie, probing the emptiness that can result from living a full life.”
Jay Stone,Canada.com: “The Great Beauty (or, more wonderfully, La Grande Bellezza) is a memory play, a meditation on life, a celebration of the incidentals that make it joyous and more.”
Director: Ralph Fiennes
United Kingdom 2013
English; 111 min.
Actress Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones) was 17 when she was first spotted by Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) who was 45 and married for 20 years. The two began a love affair, which was kept a secret from the general public for the duration of their lives. The Invisible Woman is a rapturous chronicle of Ternan and Dickens’ tempestuous relationship, which prompted the end of Dickens’ marriage, survived a train crash, inspired characters and scenarios in some of the author’s most beloved novels, and continued until his death in 1870.
Enveloped in opulent period detail and pulsing with subtle eroticism, this film brings us closer to Dickens and to the woman who sustained his lust for life in his final years.
Tom Long,Detroit News:
“Fiennes and screenwriter Abi Morgan adapt Claire Tomalin’s book with delicate grace, presenting love as blessing, curse and, perhaps, inevitable force.”
MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher:
“The story of Charles Dickens and his secret mistress is no romance, and no modest costume drama, either. It’s a tale of women being practical because they had to be.”
Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]:
“Expressing much while often saying little, Jones proves once again to be a mesmerising screen presence, a performer behind whose face you can see the most complex and subtle thought processes at work.”