Renowned character actor Timothy Spall gives a stunning performance as bullish, avuncular British landscape painter J.M.W. Turner, who never abandons his working-class roots, even as he ascends to the heights of the Royal Academy. The cinematography by Dick Pope gives the impression of a nearly tactile realism that could stand on its own beauty, even without Spall's charming turn as Turner. The film's intense imagistic appeal is enhanced by quiet but powerful performances, not only by Spall, but also by a host of great female character actors such as Marion Bailey and Dorothy Atkinson. Director Mike Leigh reveals Turner through his relationships with women, including a friendship with a self-taught female physicist who explains the scientific structure of light to Turner. It is when the mix of meditative lighting, spare script and sparkling performances coalesce that the most powerful moments happen.
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Director: Mike Leigh
Writer: Mike Leigh
Producer: Georgina Lowe
Cast: Timothy Spall, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Julian Seager, James Norton, Lasco Atkins, Jamie Thomas King and Robert Portal
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