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  • R
  • 1h 57m
  • 2020
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In 1800s England, acclaimed but unrecognized fossil hunter Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) 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. When a wealthy visitor entrusts Mary with the care of his wife Charlotte Murchison (Saoirse Ronan), she cannot afford to turn his offer down. Proud and relentlessly passionate about her work, Mary initially clashes with her unwelcome guest, but despite the distance between their social class and personalities, an intense bond begins to develop, compelling the two women to determine the true nature of their relationship.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: The chemistry between Saoirse Ronan and a never-better Kate Winslet helps Ammonite transcend its period romance trappings.
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Common Sense Says
Sexually graphic British period drama about forbidden love.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Ammonite is a sexually graphic period drama that celebrates the power of love between two women. It is loosely based on the life of the British palaeontologist Mary Anning (Kate Winslet). Mary meets Charlotte Murchison (Saoirse Ronan) after Charlotte's husband arranges for her to work with Mary. The two women begin an affair, bringing them both happiness they haven't experienced before. Charlotte suffers from depression, but this romantic awakening gives her a new positive outlook. Both characters have a quiet strength about them. Mary, in particular, defies societal boundaries to make a great success for herself in her chosen field. That said, the movie also demonstrates the inequalities between the sexes during this time period (the 1840s), with Mary being prevented from even greater success. The sex scenes between Mary and Charlotte are graphic but not gratuitous. They perform oral sex on each other and masturbate. There's full-frontal nudity, including female genitalia and breasts. There is also a brief moment where a male character undresses and his penis is seen. Swearing is infrequent but includes "f--k" and "s--t." Characters drink alcohol socially, and one character smokes throughout the movie.

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Positive Messages
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:November 13, 2020
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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