Starring: Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Jones, James McArdle, Alec Secăreanu, Fiona Shaw


Period romantic drama written and directed by Francis Lee. The story is set in 1840s England, and it follows acclaimed but overlooked fossil hunter Mary Anning (Kate Winslet), who works alone on the rugged Southern coastline. With the days of her famed discoveries behind her, she now searches for common fossils to sell to tourists to support herself and her ailing mother. Then a wealthy visitor, Roderick Murchison (James McArdle), entrusts Mary with the care of his wife, Charlotte Murchison (Saoirse Ronan), who is recuperating from a personal tragedy. Mary, who cannot afford to turn the offer down, but, proud and relentlessly passionate about her work, she clashes with her unwelcome guest. The two women are from utterly different worlds, but despite the distance between their social class and personalities, an intense bond begins to develop, compelling them to determine the true nature of their relationship, altering both of their lives forever.


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[referring to the fossil]
Mary Anning: It was a sea lizard, six feet long. Days it took to dig it out, clean it. I was only eleven years-old. It’s in the British Museum. That one was special.


Roderick Murchison: Miss Anning. I’ve often heard your reputation discussed in the geographical society in London.
Mary Anning: Is there something you wanted, sir?
Roderick Murchison: My wife, she hasn’t been at all well of late. She suffers from melancholia. I want her to walk the shoreline with you, learn from you.
Mary Anning: I’m not looking for an apprentice.
Roderick Murchison: I would pay a premium for a private audience.
Mary Anning: It’s not easy work.


Charlotte Murchison: I don’t like the water.


Charlotte Murchison: What is it?
Mary Anning: Cheap tourist fodder.
Charlotte Murchison: Beautiful.


Elizabeth Philpot: [to Mary] It pleases me you struck up a friendship together.


Charlotte Murchison: What is it?
Mary Anning: Something. Nothing.


Charlotte Murchison: I don’t want to go back to the life I had before you.
Mary Anning: What about my life?


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