Effie Gray

Effie Gray

DVD - 2016
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A sumptuous historical drama set against a luscious backdrop exploring the scandalous love triangle between Victorian art critic John Ruskin, his young bride Effie Gray, and his protégé, painter John Everett Millais. 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.

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Dobrila_T Jun 22, 2017

A movie about the wife of Victorian art critic John Ruskin who endured peculiar emotional abuse in her marriage.


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Jul 02, 2018

Rather slow movie, but an eye opening look at a woman's life in the 1800's. Married to a man who would never consummate the marriage, Effie Gray led an incredibly boring life, being controlled by her husband and his mother. Falling into a deep dark depression her doctor recommends that she be removed from the influence of her mother in law. While in the country with her husband, life does not get much better until a young painter, hired by her father in law, joins the couple to portrait the husband. On return to the city, a friend of Effie's (Emma Thompson) is instrumental in encouraging Effie to talk to a doctor and lawyer about having the marriage annulled. This is the first annulment/divorce proceeding in English law commenced by a woman; and granted by the Court. Effie eventually marries the painter. Well done.

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RioCaliente
Jun 29, 2018

beautifully done film written by emma thompson .... fascinating to learn about john ruskin & what an emotional wreck he was -- seemed somewhat of a repressed pedophile, drawn to girls but afraid of grown women .... hooray for emma gray, trapped into marriage with him, for finally figuring out how to escape, & finding a man whom she later married and had 8 kids with (per wikipedia -- movie ends with her leaving ruskin). contrary to other comments, I felt the movie was sensitively done and well-paced, showing how she survived in awful circumstances.

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INVS
Feb 03, 2018

While browsing through a coffee table book my Mary Miers - Highland Retreats - my curiosity was peaked with just a passing word about John Ruskin & Effie Gray. The book about Effie Gray was hard to grasp prior to this film, now I can piece it together.

The interview with Emma Thompson is worthwhile (wishing I'd heard it prior to viewing) as to how, why she brought this story to film. Now I'm curious about Phyllis Rose the author of Parallel Lives, a look at five Victorian marriages, on which this film was developed. Yes, it's a bit slow at times & almost cryptic to the point one has to guess at discussions.

Brilliant cast, well played.

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maipenrai
Nov 14, 2017

This film is a beautiful study of loneliness within a marriage. Though he supposedly fell in love with Effie Gray when she was only twelve, John Ruskin failed to consummate their marriage 7 years later. The coddled son of an overprotective mother, he may have been in love with the purity of a girl child and unable to deal with the reality of a mature woman. He was also obsessed with the "romantic" artists and their idealized portraits which may support the idea that reality was not to his liking. Regardless of the reason, Effie attempts to be part of a family in which she is granted no freedom of choice or home of her own. Ruskin seems to put temptation in her path, perhaps as a way to rid himself of her. The cinematography is gorgeous. Emma Thompson plays the role of her only friend in London society and has written a great screenplay. The pace is deliberately slow as we share Effie's prolonged isolation and despair. Eventually she chooses to risk love again and is very intelligent in her efforts to be free. A wonderful film!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

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kpelish
Jun 10, 2017

Slow-moving, but in part that's due to the realization and then the quiet maneuvering that Effie has to do to get out of her abusive marriage to the famous but terribly flawed Ruskin. Emma Thompson doesn't have a huge role but is empathetic as the well-placed, feminist friend who helps her along the way. Much is made of the exquisite costumes that Effie wears, but more interesting visually are the scenes set in Scotland and Venice.

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ptgfts
Apr 21, 2017

A dreary, plodding, dull movie that is not saved by an array of England's most talented actors. A much livelier telling of this fascinating period is the BBC series "Desperate Romantics" and it tells what happens after the dreadfully inconclusive ending of this film.

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daysleeper236
Oct 07, 2016

A very quiet, intense movie featuring beautiful scenery, impressive costumes and understated performances.

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carolinew
Aug 30, 2016

Nope. Just Nope. To watch a woman repeatedly be rejected, and resoundingly abandoned by her husband was PAINFUL. I enjoy historical drama, however, this ended at the most dramatic part of the story - the divorce based on impotence. Two hours of insufferable rejection. Not even fast forwarding helped this movie.

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creal
May 31, 2016

The ending was lack luster and left you wanting more of an explanation, but overall the movie was not that bad, it is just an odd piece.

d2013 May 05, 2016

Love period pieces but this story was dull and uninteresting, although the set and costumes were lovely.

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