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Ammonite uncoils romance between Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan’s 19th century fossil hunters

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With its wave-lashed coastline, windswept period dresses and sapphic glances between on-screen lovers Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, it would be easy to compare Francis Lee’s new romantic drama to Portrait of A Lady on Fire, the swooning French lesbian film that dazzled both audiences and critics.

But the British director’s 19th-century slowburner, the follow-up to his widely acclaimed queer drama God’s Own Country, is a less ravishing, showy affair, concerned as much with an exploration of loneliness as it is fanning the flames of new love — a portrait, at most, of a lady on very low simmer.

Man with bushy grey-brown beard leaning over Kate Winslet from behind as she sits at desk, in costume.
Director Francis Lee (left, on set with Winslet) first came across Mary Anning when he was searching for a gift for his boyfriend at the time,…



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