The actress would have been 83 years old today.
When one of our national treasures, Emma Thompson, has a hand in anything, I am usually the first there. Although primarily known as an actress, every several years or so, we are treated to a screenplay from Thompson. Her latest offering tells the true story of the unhappy marriage between renowned art critic John Ruskin and his young bride, the titular Effie Gray. Ruskin cannot bring himself to consummate their union, for reasons that are unclear in the film, but historically believed to be due to disgust from either her menstrual blood or public hair. Ruskin appears cold and aloof to his wife, leading her to seek solace from the Pre-Raphaelite artist, John Everett Millais. Continue reading
You know when you see a film and you can’t stop thinking about it? Danish director Susanne Bier’s latest offering is just that. Serena stood out to me before I had seen it, as Bier is one of my favourite international directors, having loved her 2002 Danish drama Open Hearts. Serena seemed an interesting project for Bier to take up, after original director Darren Aronofsky left the production. Continue reading