Juliette Binoche and Ralph Fiennes co-star in this epic adaptation of Emily Brönte’s classic tale as star-crossed lovers Cathy and Heathcliff, whose passionate love and tragic separation plays out against the lovely, brooding Yorkshire moors.
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A competent adaptation of the Bronte classic. Fiennes' Heathcliff and Binoche's Cathy are authentic performances where the psyche of their character is thorough inhabited. The film-making approach lacks the poetic realism and gothic undertones of the novel.
My first of the many adaptations available. I shall complete them all - judge later. One thing I can tell right now: Fiennes's impersonation of one gradually corrupted by passion was entirely captivating.
“My great miseries in this world have been Heathcliff's miseries, I watched and felt each from the beginning; my great thought in living is himself. If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and, if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the Universe would turn into a mighty stranger. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks ... I am Heathcliff.”