The isolated condition makes Marie (Rosamund Pike) so curt and straightforward. Female scientists at that time had no place. His idea was considered a joke, even when he had left Poland—his homeland—to pursue a scientific career in France.
Until the time he met Pierre Curie (Sam Riley), the man he initially thought wanted to take over his invention. Pierre offers a simple lab for Marie to develop her research.
Pierre invites Marie to collaborate, while Marie is an individualist. Several times Marie dismissed Pierre’s plans, because she thought it was an intervention in her research. Until finally, Pierre managed to soften Marie’s heart. Not only a matter of research, the two also eventually married.
Stiff Marie also seems to be able to fall in love. The romance of the two is described briefly, which then immediately turns to the life of this husband and wife developing research on radioactivity
Years after years they spent together until finally their research deserved to be tested and won the first Nobel Prize. Unfortunately, Marie’s initial suspicions were correct, the Nobel was awarded only to Pierre. They said they did not believe that a woman could play such an important role in scientific discoveries.
Marie was furious, while Pierre’s responsibilities seemed very ambiguous. Pierre only invites Marie to take a break from research and enjoy life as a family. Pierre also revealed that he was so sick that he often coughed up blood.
Not long after, Pierre who was outside the house was hit and died. The scene is so fast-paced that the viewer is immediately transported to Marie’s shattered time. Old wounds when his mother died came to mind. From there, the audience will understand why Marie became such a curmudgeon.
In the midst of her broken heart, Marie remains busy in the lab. Paul Langevin (Aneurin Barnard), one of Marie and Pierre’s confidants, accompanies him. Until unexpectedly by the audience, the two make out passionately. In fact, Paul is someone’s husband.
Paul’s wife then confronted Marie. In those days, infidelity was really considered a disgrace. Marie was terrorized, even her house was shouted at
On the other hand, Pierre’s death allows Marie to let go of her wings. Marie was the only one who knew about radioactivity. She eventually became the first female professor at the Sorbonne University, Paris, France. Unfortunately, her affair with Paul made the class which was previously busy become very quiet.
Until then Paul had to let it go, because he couldn’t bear to see how people treated Marie.
However, Marie continued to study her research. In a meeting with his relatives, he also briefly quipped about people who are more concerned with drama. This is an interesting flick for those who like to interfere with someone’s private life.