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Wuthering Heights (Andrea Arnold, 2011)

November 25, 2011

This entry contains some narrative spoilers for this film and Emily Brontë’s novel.

By far the highlight of Andrea Arnold’s offbeat adaptation is the almost elemental and primeval depiction of the harsh Yorkshire moors, creating a palpable raw atmosphere and stark kind of beauty befitting of the film’s focus on the strange. This is both in regards to the dark, obsessive relationship between Heathcliff and Cathy, but also to the blurring gap between man and beast in Arnold’s world: casual brutality and prejudice-fueled scorn sees young Heathcliff treated like a farm animal by much of his new family, young Cathy licks the blood of his back wounds, and there are moments devoted to the children sparring and sniffing amongst the mud of the moors. The effect of the film’s first half, focused on the adolescent incarnations of the characters, is sensuous immersion, and it is anchored by terrific performances from newcomers Solomon Glave and Shannon Beer, more often based around instinctive gestures than dialogue. Read the rest of this entry ?

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