This is a confusing movie. Not that it was hard to follow but hard to sum up what is wrong with it.
There's a lot that works for it, tbh. The music is a bit dramatic but good. The costumes and sets are lovely. The writing isn't that bad, considering all the details telling such a story requires.
And most of the acting is pretty decent.
I think where it fails - and causes the whole film to feel like it missed the mark - was casting Swank in the lead. As talented as she is, she was just not good for this role. Another actress, more skilled at period dramas and accents, would have made this movie much better. But this movie fails in the same way casting Julia Roberts in Mary Riley did. Just because the actress of that time is popular, it doesn't mean she's right for just any and every role.