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 backdropwhich explores the scandalous love triangle between Victorian art criticJohn 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-starringEmma Thompson, ‘Effie Gray’also features an amazing ensemble cast including screen legends Claudia Cardinale and Julie Walters.