New film by Andrea Arnold hits the Wuthering Heights of bleakness

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11 November 2011
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imports_WRI_0-jdv6h2d6-100000_63149.jpg New film by Andrea Arnold hits the Wuthering Heights of bleakness
On general release from today, Arnold's new adaptation of Emily Bronte's novel has been praised for capturing the book's harshness ...
On general release from today, Arnold's new adaptation of Emily Bronte's novel has been praised for capturing the book's harshness

Arnold is a director known for Red Road and Fish Tank: uncompromisingly gritty evocations of contemporary life. Her version of Wuthering Heights strips away the polite conventions of period romance to convey the elemental rawness of Bronte's original. In her hands, Heathcliff, played by Solomon Glave and James Howson, is a runaway slave found by farmer Earnshaw in Liverpool, and the main focus of the film is on the childhood relationship between him and Cathy (Shannon Beer and Kaya Scodelario).

But does it work for you? Or is it, as other critics have suggested, an exercise in brutal miserablism? And which film adaptation of a Bronte novel has been most succesful, in your opinion?

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