1st June 2012
Abbie Cornish, James D\'Arcy and Andrea Riseborough
This drama marks the directorial return of pop icon Madonna (her debut was 2008’s Filth and Wisdom) as she explores her own fascination with historical figure Wallis Simpson – the woman who became notorious for briefly causing the downfall of the British throne.
The film fluctuates between the stories of 1930’s Wallis (Andrea Riseborough) as she and the future British king Edward VIII (James D’Arcy) fall hopelessly in love, and modern-day Wally (Abbie Cornish), a young woman stuck in an abusive, loveless marriage, who stumbles upon their story and becomes fascinated by it.
As she delves deeper into Wallis and Edward’s love affair, uncovering events via letters that are played out for us onscreen, Wally begins to wonder if the sacrifice they made might not inspire her enough to give her the strength she herself needs to escape her marriage and find real love in the arms of another man.
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