Effie Gray (12A)
Directed by Richard Laxton.
Starring: Dakota Fanning, Claudia Cardinale, Emma Thompson, Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters, Derek Jacobi, James Fox, David Suchet.
Running time 108 minutes
Based on the real-life scandal that shocked Victorian-era England, this is the story of Euphemia “Effie” Gray. At 19, she married the prominent art historian and critic John Ruskin, but Ruskin refused to consummate their marriage. Lonely and frustrated Effie is drawn to pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais, and finds a friend and champion in Lady Elizabeth Eastlake. After five years trapped in a loveless marriage, Effie will defy the rules of Victorian society.