The Quiet, Yet Raw Emotional Atmosphere of ‘Ammonite’ with Kate Winslet & Saoirse Ronan as Lovers

The Quiet, Yet Raw Emotional Atmosphere of ‘Ammonite’ with Kate Winslet & Saoirse Ronan as Lovers
Photo: 'Ammonite'/Lionsgate Above all else, 'Ammonite' is a quiet film. The soundtrack is nonexistent, the characters communicate through pauses in dialogue, and the cinematography emphasizes the silence. All of this is done to heighten the film’s realism, a clear priority for director Francis Lee. Ammonite is the story of two women, Mary and Charlotte, who fall for each other in 1840s England, a time where relationships of this sort were strictly forbidden. Thus, the secrecy and society-imposed shame that accompanies the characters’ relationship is reflected in the quietness of the film as a whole. Both Mary and Charlotte, played by Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan respectively, use actions, not words to communicate their affection for each other. Subtle dialogue and a minimal soundtrack are representative of the sexual suppression that the characters’ experience, much in the same vein as Best Picture winner Moonlight. Though on the surface,
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