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Wuthering Heights

Directed by Andrea Arnold
United Kingdom, 2011
Drama, Romance


A poor young English boy named Heathcliff is taken in by the wealthy Earnshaw family where he develops an intense relationship with his young foster sister, Cathy. Based on the classic novel by Emily Brontë.

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Wuthering Heights Directed by Andrea Arnold
Using Bronte’s description of Heathcliff as “dark-skinned” as a launching point, Arnold casts two black actors as the older and younger versions of him, which gives the class-divided romance a provocatively visual character (both performers are excellent at conveying an internalized anger that comes from systematic social marginalization). At the same time, the film comes to rely on race as an automatic dramatic device, a signifier of otherness that swallows up all other concerns.
January 07, 2013
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As [Heathcliff] grows into adulthood, his love for the daughter, Catherine, becomes a boldly romanticized exploration of physical desire in the face of extreme oppression. In a key scene, as Heathcliff’s back drips with blood after a lashing, Catherine dutifully licks him clean.
November 28, 2012
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Arnold, a director of uncommon originality, attacks our very notion of what a costume drama should look like. The result is neither dainty nor remotely refined: It’s an animalistic, mud-splattered howl of torment.
October 05, 2012
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