André Téchiné directs a film about the Brontë sisters, starring Isabelle Adjani, Marie-France Pisier and Isabelle Huppert as Emily, Charlotte and Anne Brontë and Pascal Gregory as their ill-fated brother Branwell.
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There is something I enjoyed about a French film based on British literary icons. It makes sense but you mostly see it the other way around. Top performances from the Adjani, Huppert and Pisier.. Great Film.
As odd as it seems to be watching a quintessentially English story played out in French, Techine's auteur approach works well with this story. The sparse dialogue and froideur of the central trio is heightened by the atmospheric location. Quite sublime!
In the first half I was bothered by so much Branwell, but it makes sense and French Ethan Hawke was good. Adjani, Huppert, and Pissier are all amazing and equally as strong in their performances and embodiment of the sisters. Saw this a few days after rereading Elizabeth Hardwick's great essay on the Brontes (http://www.nybooks.com/articles/1972/05/04/working-girls-the-brontes/).