In the 1840s, acclaimed self-taught palaeontologist Mary Anning works alone on the wild and brutal Southern English coastline of Lyme Regis. The days of her famed discoveries behind her, she now hunts for common fossils to sell torich tourists to support herself and her ailing widowed mother. When one such tourist, Roderick Murchison, arrives in Lyme on the first leg of a European tour, he entrusts Mary with the care of his young wife Charlotte, who is recuperating from apersonal tragedy. Mary, whose life is a daily struggle on the poverty line, cannot afford to turn him down but, proud and relentlessly passionate about her work, she clashes with her unwanted guest.They are two women from utterly different worlds. Yet despite the chasm between their social spheresand personalities, Mary and Charlotte discover they can each offer what the other has been searching for: the realization that they are not alone. It is the beginning of a passionate and all-consuming love affair that will defy all social bounds and alter the course of both lives irrevocably. Director: Francis Lee (UK 2020) 120 min.
Join us for an eye-opening post-film chat with award-winning playwright Lauren Gunderson, currently the most produced living American playwright and an acclaimed specialist in bringing the stories of female scientists to life on stage. Her many works include ‘Ada And The Memory Engine’ (about Ada Lovelace, who invented the first computer) and ‘Silent Sky’ (the story of 19th century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt) and ‘The Half-Life of Marie Curie,’ plus ‘Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley’ (with Margot Melcon) and last year’s pandemic-themed ‘The Catastrophist.’
$12.50 General | $9. Senior • Youth • Matinée | $7 CFI Members
This presentation is part of SCIENCE ON SCREEN®, a series pairing film screenings with lively scientific discussions – an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.