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Written by and co-starring Academy Award® Winner Emma Thompson, Effie Gray is a sumptuous historical drama set against a luscious backdrop exploring the scandalous love triangle between Victorian art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise), his young bride Effie Gray (Dakota Fanning), and his protégé, painter John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge). After marrying Ruskin, Effie quickly realizes her marriage is a lie when Ruskin refuses to consummate it. Yearning for affection, she soon falls for the charms of the charismatic Millais. Desperate to be freed from Ruskin, Effie embarks on a life-changing journey to become one of the first women in history to seek a divorce from her husband.
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Critics Consensus: Effie Gray benefits from its strong cast, elevating a period drama that doesn't strike quite as many narrative sparks as it could.
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Fanning's controlled presence is ideal for a tale of Victorian repression. But as the film becomes...
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Slow-moving period film makes intriguing tale uninteresting.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Effie Gray is a period drama set in Victorian England that examines the real-life marriage between acclaimed art critic John Ruskin and his young bride, Effie (Dakota Fanning). Their relationship is deeply unhappy, and as he grows more distant and cruel, she starts looking for an escape. There's some drinking and several oblique discussions about the couple's lack of physical intimacy; scenes show Effie undressing (viewers see her nightgown falling to the floor) and a man's naked behind, from a distance. She's nearly assaulted in one scene and must flee through dark alleys. Some of the language may seem stilted, but the film could provoke discussion between parents and teens about what makes for a good union.
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- Release Date:April 3, 2015
- Highest Available for Purchase:HD