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‘Miss Marx’ Review: Romola Garai Headlines a Bleak, Punk-Infused Eleanor Marx Biopic

‘Miss Marx’ Review: Romola Garai Headlines a Bleak, Punk-Infused Eleanor Marx Biopic

Miss Marx” is a biopic bookended by death, colored by it throughout. It introduces us to socialist activist Eleanor Marx at the funeral of her father Karl, and follows her through to her untimely suicide, at the age of 43, some 15 years later. Ghosts of the past and future weigh heavily on her in the interim: She mourns her father not long after burying her mother and her sister. Months after Eleanor’s suicide, her long-term partner Edward Aveling followed her into the ground; another sister took her own life years later. All of which is to say that waves and shadows of grief move through Susanna Nicchiarelli’s ambitious film at every turn, running backwards and forwards, as it studies how its subject attempted to change the world for the better — all while a hard black knot of compacted unhappiness settled and expanded inside her.

This makes for an unavoidably downcast portrait,

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