Dakota Fanning, Emma Thompson, Robbie Coltrane and Derek Jacobi star in this lavish period costume drame based on a true story that shocked Victorian England.
When Effie Gray becomes the wife of distinguished writer John Ruskin, it soon becomes apparent that Ruskin regards her as a muse rather than a wife, and the stifling atmosphere of their home soon takes a toll on Effie's health.
Based on the real-life scandal that shocked Victorian-era England, ‘Effie Gray’ is a sumptuous historical drama set against a luscious backdrop which explores the scandalous love triangle between Victorian art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise), his teenage bride Effie Gray (Dakota Fanning) and Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge).
The story follows Effie, married at the tender age of 19 and who quickly realizes her marriage is a lie when Ruskin refuses to consummate it. Yearning for affection, she soon falls for the charms of the charismatic John Everett Millais, Desperate to be freed from John, Effie embarks on a life-changing journey to become one of the first women in history to seek a divorce from her husband. Written and co-starring Emma Thompson, ‘Effie Gray’ also features an amazing ensemble cast including screen legends Claudia Cardinale and Julie Walters.
The Guardian - "a darker shade of period drama, artfully shot, with a prestige cast"
Total Film - “Combines the gothic shadows of Hitchcock’s Rebecca with the gut -wrenching romance of A Royal Affair”
The Independent - "the production values of the best Merchant Ivory pictures"