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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A far cry from the lush romanticism of Wyler's version, this gets down to the bare bones of nature and of harsh lives filled with racism, brutality and pain. It loses its way a little towards the end- flashbacks are unnecessary- but it's a worthwhile distinctive take on the classic in which the treatment of mixed parentage Heathcliffe holds a powerful message for today's society.
TV. Rich white girl finds adventurous poor blackboy and follows him through Rural England until she discovers that she's incapable of overcoming the system and is defeated, and killed, by it. Also following them is Andrea Arnold's "whatsoever style", full of anodine camera shake - which lies down on top of them all the time, confusing formlessness with realism-, with the inability of annoying automatic blurs.
As an exercise in sharp, poetic, sensory cinematography with an ethereal representation of the narrative, this film is a marvel. As an adaptation, it fails to capture the beating heart of Bronte's Cathy and Heathcliff. A great director whose idiosyncratic style was ill-suited to this tale. A commendable misfire.
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.
It's harsh to watch all those animals suffer, but as a critic I may stand far away from the devil in the details. It's such a force a nature: such beautiful images and landscapes. Heathcliff, it's me, it's Cathy - I've come home.
Dans la beauté des grands espaces écossais où le vent et la brume règnent sur le quotidien, Andrea Arnold impressionne encore en s'appropriant totalement le récit d'une des soeurs Brontë. Une oeuvre forte et âpre qui hante nos yeux et nos esprits en quittant la salle.
Lo stupendo adattamento realizzato dalla regista britannica Andrea Arnold scardina con coraggio le barriere del convenzionale virando il racconto verso i più estatici territori della contemplazione: http://visionesospesa.blogspot.it/2014/04/wuthering-heights-cime-tempestose.html