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September 23, 2015

CreWhat happens when a world-renowned scientist, crushed by the loss of his eldest daughter, formulates a theory in conflict with religious dogma? This is the story of Charles Darwin and his master-work “The Origin of Species”. It tells of a global revolution played out the confines of a small English village; a passionate marriage torn apart by the most dangerous idea in history; and a theory saved from extinction by the logic of a child

The film shows Annie in flashbacks and hallucinations, a vibrant apparition who goads her father to address his fears and finish his masterwork. For a long time Annie’s death is a taboo subject between Darwin and Emma, for Darwin fears that Emma blames him for their daughter’s death. As a result of the strained relations between Charles and Emma, they stop making love entirely. Anguished, Darwin begins to suffer from a mysterious, fatiguing illness.

Themes: The origin of life, suffering, bereavement and loss of faith.

Anne Elizabeth “Annie” Darwin’s death (2nd March, 1841 – 23rd April, 1851) may have been the cause of scarlet fever, or tuberculosis as some may believe.

Charles Darwin married his cousin Emma Wedgwood. They had ten children together.
It is often thought that apart from his illnesses, Darwin may too have had Ménière’s disease.

Thomas Huxley: You’ve killed God, sir!

[from trailer]
Charles Darwin: Suppose the whole world stopped believing that God had any sort of plan for us?

[from trailer]
Emma Darwin: Do you not care that you and I may be separated for all eternity?

Reverend John Innes: Charles. Charles my old friend, there you are. May I join you?
Charles Darwin: Yes. Yes, of course.
Reverend John Innes: Mrs. Darwin has told me about the book you’re writing.
Charles Darwin: Oh, no, no, not anymore, thank goodness.
Reverend John Innes: You mean you finished it?
Charles Darwin: It’s been finished for me, actually. A Mr. Alfred Russel Wallace has arrived independently at exactly the same opinion. Expressed in a… In a mere twenty pages. Now there’s brevity for you. I had covered two hundred fifty so far and have come to a dead end, so whilst having wasted twenty years on the project, I have at least rid of it.
Reverend John Innes: Well… Well, The Lord moves in mysterious ways.
Charles Darwin: Hmmm, yes he does doesn’t he? You know, I was remarking only the other day, how he has endowed us in all of his blessed generosity with not one but nine-hundred species of intestinal worm, each with its own unique method of infiltrated the mucosa and burrowing through to the bloodstream. And on the love that he shows for butterflies by inventing a wasp that lays its eggs inside the living flesh of caterpillars.
Reverend John Innes: I have said on many previous occasions, it is not for us to speculate at His reasons.
Charles Darwin: Oh no, we can leave that to Mr. Wallace! Shall I advise him to stay abroad, do you think? With his opinions if he shows his face around here, he may be required to kneel on rock salt! *Snarls at Reverend Innes

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