EFFIE GRAY: Set in Victorian England, this film centers around a teenage bride and her husband, John Ruskin, a famous art critic of the day who doesn't seem to want to consummate the marriage.  Dakota Fanning (in her first grown-up role?) plays Effie who tries to cope with the uncaring in-laws as well as the cold husband.  Julie Walters and David Suchet are masterful as Ruskin's parents and other supporting roles are filled by Derek Jacobi, Robbie Coltrane, Claudia Cardinale, James Fox and the wonderful  Emma Thompson who also wrote the screenplay.  Tom Sturridge as Ruskin and Greg Wise as the young artist Effie is drawn to, play their roles to perfection. With Vienna and Scotland also on view, it is another one of those beautifully shot movies albeit a little slow-moving.  Still, all in all, I rather liked it and it certainly can't be faulted for the care that was taken to every detail.  It may not be your cup of English tea, but you will savor it if you give it half a chance.

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