Ammonite: Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan in search of fossils and forbidden loves


ENCOUNTER – This harsh film, against the silky “costume dramas”, brings nineteenth-century paleontologist Mary Anning out of obscurity. Labeled Cannes 2020, this controversial portrait can be seen on Canal + at 9 p.m. Its creator Francis Lee tells us more.

In a world without Covid, Ammonite would have appeared on the big screen and would have unleashed the Cannes controversies. Retained in the selection of the 2020 Festival which never took place, the harsh and icy story of the forbidden loves that bind Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan is revealed on Canal +. With this face-to-face meeting between two pioneers of science from England in the mid-19th centurye century, the Briton Francis Lee continues his exploration of questions of class and gender begun in his first film, Only the earth. Modern idyll between a young Yorkshire farmer and his Romanian farm boy.

Survivor of 8 children, Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) unearths fossils in the clay and cliffs of Dorset beaches. Because she is a woman, her marine dinosaur skeletons are not exhibited under her name but under that of the collectors. Reluctantly, but against retribution, she became a nurse for a young bourgeois depressed wife since her fake

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