Few cinematic adaptations ever live up in stature to their literary classics. Andrea Arnold's WUTHERING HEIGHTS manages to capture the tenacity, power, and torture of Emily Brontë's text. Offering an excitingly fresh and distinct take on its source, Arnold's WUTHERING HEIGHTS is an epic love story that spans childhood well into the young adult years.
"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."
-Jeannette Catsoulis, NPR
"Faithful and bold..."
-Mary Corliss, TIME MAGAZINE
"An audaciously and satisfyingly stark, direct and radical approach to an oft-filmed literary classic."
-Neil Young, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
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 simultaneous reverence for Brontë's words and daring cinematic adaptation make for a enrapturing experience.
From the director of FISH TANK, which played previously at the Cosford.
Directed by Andrea Arnold. Unrated.
UK, 2012, Digital Projection, 129minutes, Color, English.