31 August 2020
Francis Lee : 2020
A raw love story between a solitary palaeontologist and a wealthy, grieving wife in 19th century Dorset. In 1840s England, acclaimed but overlooked fossil hunter Mary Anning works alone on the rugged Dorset coast. 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, 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. Francis Lee's second feature premiered in the Gala Presentations at Toronto International Film Festival 2020.