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Wuthering Heights2011

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  • 3.8
Andrea Arnold's WUTHERING HEIGHTS is an excitingly fresh and distinct take on the classic novel by Emily Brontë. An epic love story that spans childhood well into the young adult years, the film follows Heathcliff, a boy taken in by a benevolent Yorkshire farmer, Earnshaw. Living in Earnshaw's home, Heathcliff develops a passionate relationship with the farmer's teenage daughter, Catherine, inspiring the envy and mistrust of his son, Hindley. When Earnshaw passes away, the now-grown characters must finally confront the intense feelings and rivalries that have built up throughout their years together. Arnold's film is a beautiful and evocative visual masterpiece that brings out the powerful emotions at the heart of Brontë's classic novel, resulting in a viscerally affecting love story. It is a sweepingly old-fashioned tale of family, class, and romance told in a bracingly modern way by one of contemporary cinema's most gifted and unique filmmakers.

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Arnold's movie is the novel that Emily Brontë's stark tale has been waiting for: Emily determinedly stood up out of bed to die; she'd be likely to stand up to approve this wonderful, trying, satisfyingly different movie. Strange how the two hours and ten minutes of watching seems so much longer than the probable days you might spend reading her short book; but that's because in contrast to Brontë's strict chronology and swift action, Arnold's movie, proper to its medium, expands the scenes, the briefest of moments at the sides of the narrative: a soaring bird, hanged dogs, a bug, a flower, in order to linger and bitterly savor the savage and totally human struggle of these two people in a treacherously beautiful landscape about which Cathy asks Heathcliff how he could go away from such a wuthering place. Arnold's repeatedly insistent and lasting close-ups urge the individual mythos against the spreading panorama of the moors.