Director: Andrea Arnold
Screenwriters: Andrea Arnold, Olivia Hetreed
Acclaimed filmmaker Andrea Arnold (Red Road, Fish Tank) offers a breathtaking reinvention of Emily BrontĂ«â€™s classic novel of a passionate, destructive love set on the Yorkshire moors during the late eighteenth century.
Mr. Earnshaw returns to his family farmhouse with young Heathcliff, an orphan he has rescued from the streets. Mr. Earnshawâ€™s son, Hindley, shows Heathcliff only cruelty, but his daughter, Catherine, warms to him, and the two develop an intensely intimate and reckless bond that spans many years and their changing fortunes.
Arnoldâ€™s adaptation is audacious and artfulâ€”a stark cinematic expression of the novelâ€™s fierce beauty. Always provocative, Arnold casts a black actor as Heathcliff. Stripping the story to its elemental form, she dispenses with narrative embellishments, music, literary sheen, and romanticismâ€”leaving a wondrous, spare aesthetic of somber hues and harsh textures, dominated by nature, natural sounds, animals, and the craggy, windswept terrain. Heathcliff and Catherineâ€”governed by visceral emotionsâ€”are like creatures in this primordial wilderness, trying to find peace. The result is a uniquely sensual, corporeal space designed to convey the erosion of human happiness.
- U.S. Narrative Feature Films
- 2012, Sundance Film Festival
- United Kingdom, 128 min.