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Watch: Ammonite may make you drop your popcorn

Ammonite is a fascinating film, but is it art, or pornography? If you like pretty full-on lesbian sex, then this movie might be for you.


The now famous paleontogolist Mary Anning forms a relationships with a married woman and they embark on a passionate affair while continuing to discover fossils. 


Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan give convincing performances as two Victorian ladies engaging in some secret hanky-panky. Much of the communication in the film was by glances and facial expressions rather than dialogue. 

8 out of 10 for acting. 


I would have liked to have seen more story around Manning’s scientific discoveries but the The story focusses heavily on the relationship despite no historical evidence that either woman was a lesbian.  I did like the fact there were many scenes with little dialogue.  

7 out of 10 for story 


The exquisite settings and period of the film used to great effect through aerial shots and intimate camera shots.  

8 out of 10 for cinematography 


The film delivers an austere look with some convincing locations and costumes from the Victorian era. 

7 out of 10 for sets and costumes .


This is a curious film which is very watchable, but some very graphic scenes may make you spill your popcorn. 

7 out of 10 for entertainment value 


Adding all those scores means Ammonite gets an average of 7.4 out of ten. 


Starring: Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Jones, James McArdle, Alec Secãreanu, Fiona Shaw.  
Directed by: Francis Lee 

Duration: 120 minutes

In New Zealand Cinemas 11th February 2021


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