It was a toss up between this and Dallas Buyers Club. As I’ve seen a lot of American films lately, and the trailer promised lashings of repressed emotions and beautiful scenery, I plumped for The Invisible Woman. It was very well acted, and the period details were impressive, but there was something missing. The relationship between Dickens and his mistress Nelly Ternan never quite seemed to reach a point where I believed they loved each other; fewer meaningful glances and a little more dialogue to flesh their characters out would have made a much more compelling and moving film. Hopefully Claire Tomalin’s biography will prove more satisfying. – Rachel