Wuthering Heights


Andrea Arnold's take on Emily Brontë’s classic

Andrea Arnold’s decision to cast black actors (James Howson and Solomon Glave) as Heathcliff ensured this umpteenth adaptation of Emily Brontë’s doomed-love classic wouldn’t go unnoticed.

But it’s a radical film for more elemental reasons. Arnold approaches the story not as a literary prestige piece but as neo-realist study of rugged rural life, ditching melodrama for mood.

The result is stunningly evocative, with Arnold’s sensual, handheld style bringing a tangible feel for the wind-blasted moors – and even the actors’ (many non-pro) gaucheness is true to Brontë’s raw emotion.

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