Published April 11, 2021


Film info

  • Title Ammonite
  • Director Francis Lee
  • Year 2020
  • Run time 1hr 52m
  • Genres Drama, Romance
  • Tagline A passionate and all-consuming love affair

In the 1840s, acclaimed self-taught paleontologist Mary Anning works alone on the wild and brutal Southern English coastline of Lyme Regis. The days of her famed discoveries behind her, she now hunts for common fossils to sell to rich tourists. When one such tourist, Roderick Mruchison, arrives in Lyme, he entrusts Mary with the care of his young wife Charlotte, who is recuperating from a personal tragedy. They are two women from utterly different worlds.

Live blog

Time Comment
3:21 Amazing to work by the sea all day but also… freezing!
6:53 That is a fresh egg, straight from the chicken coop into the saucepan.
10:00 “All the boys together.” “Quite.”
12:15 I love how anti-social and of few words she is.
22:26 It would only be four weeks, he says, as if that isn’t ages to spend time with someone you don’t know.
29:56 Them bathing hut things are epic, wish we still had those.
38:10 Lovely Fiona Shaw being a bit of a temptress.
45:06 Ew, that’s too big a beetle to hold in your hand.
50:36 “What a lot of questions. I might have preferred it when you were unconscious.”
1:00:04 Uh oh, the ex and the new girlfriend sitting next to each other.
1:14:41 How come there is never anyone else on the beach? Ever?
1:28:24 I can’t stop thinking about the luggage with her initials on. So posh.
1:35:22 Just had to google perspicacity.
1:45:57 She’s not going to pick love over fossils though.
1:50:37 Her face in front of the painting is amazing.


I think there should be a genre of film that is essentially: quiet, thoughtful, will rest your mind. After a busy day, this was exactly the right film for that - just beautiful pictures, a quiet story, well-told. It’s not perfect, there are some clichés in there and a few question marks over the historical accuracy of the piece, but ultimately it was just a lovely thing to watch.

Winslet was exceptional too, and the pair of them managed to convey great chemistry considering how light on conversation the script was.

Rating: 4 / 5

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