Nelly, a happily-married mother and schoolteacher, is haunted by her past. Her memories, provoked by remorse and guilt, take us back in time to follow the story of her relationship with Charles Dickens with whom she discovered an exciting but fragile complicity. Dickens – famous, controlling and emotionally isolated within his success – falls for Nelly, who comes from a family of actors. The theatre is a vital arena for Dickens – a brilliant amateur actor – a man more emotionally coherent on the page or on stage, than in life. As Nelly becomes the focus of Dickens’ passion and his muse, for both of them secrecy is the price, and for Nelly a life of “invisibility”.
GENRE: Biography, drama, romance
DIRECTOR: Ralph Fiennes
STARRING: Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas
CLOSE UP ON CHARLES DICKENS
NAME: Charles Dickens
BIRTH DATE: February 7th, 1812
DEATH DATE: June 9th, 1870
PLACE OF BIRTH: Portsmouth, England, UK
PLACE OF DEATH: Higham, Kent, UK
Charles Dickens was the well-loved and prolific British author of numerous works that are now considered classics.