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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I always disliked Brontë's novel and its movie adaptions. This is the first time I appreciate one of them. The reason is the "exhausting mannerism" another reviewer criticised, because it is the key to the movie: Arnold dissolves the narration into an endless chain of very sensual moments and thus enrichs it with possiblities to make aesthetic experiences - the only way to cope with the rather trivial story today.
Yeah, I'm totally diggin on Ms.Arnold from here on out. This is the most brutal and sincere version of the source material. I loved it for it's direction and cinematography but as the director says herself, it works better as a novel. The performances are stellar and the sense of location is bloody. See this. See this now!