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This review may contain spoilers.

"Last year around this time we had snow."

I think this might be one of the first examples for a lesbian romance film that would have benefitted from leaving the lesbian romance out. Francis Lee leaves us with a screenplay that lacks a clear vision and which is full of tonal conflicts. The romance and the portrayal of Mary Anning's everyday life never manage to come together in a satisfying way. It constantly feels like Francis Lee couldn't decide whether he wanted the sparks or the waves, the loud fireworks or the quiet museums.

Ultimately, it feels like a betrayal to the characters, and the viewers, that everyone is walking out of this story almost completely empty-handed.

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