(2014) (Timothy Spall, Marion Bailey) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A curmudgeonly 19th century painter finds inspiration in various places, all while having issues dealing with various people in his life.
- It's the 1800s and Joseph Mallord William Turner (TIMOTHY SPALL) is a renowned painter in high society circles, specializing in landscape works. His assistant is his elderly father, William (PAUL JESSON), and they're both tended to by Turner's long-standing and long-suffering housekeeper, Hannah Danby (DOROTHY ATKINSON), who he occasionally uses for his sexual gratification. But he has no intention of getting romantically involved with her, a stance he also applies to her aunt, Sarah Danby (RUTH SHEEN), with whom he fathered two daughters, Evelina (SANDY FOSTER) and Georgiana (AMY DAWSON), now both young women.
When not dealing with his contemporaries, including the unhappy Benjamin Haydon (MARTIN SAVAGE) who borrows money from him to get by, as well as those who love his art, including John Ruskin (JOSHUA McGUIRE), Turner searches for inspiration for his next works. He ends up traveling to the seaside town of Margate where he rents a room from Sophia Booth (MARION BAILEY) and her husband.
With time passing by, she ends up widowed, eventually resulting in her and Turner entering into something of a romantic relationship. That's all while he must contend with those in the art world starting to turn on him and his works.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Unless they're into painting and painters of old, or might be a fan of someone in the cast, it doesn't seem that likely.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For some sexual content.
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