The interesting British filmmaker Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank, Red Road) retells Emily Brontë’s famous 19th-century tragic-romantic novel with arresting eccentricity: The scratch of a tree branch on a windowpane and the smear of mud on a dress hem signify more than any dialogue. Heathcliff is black, and Cathy, his doomed love, is first seen as a fierce little girl whose passionate bond with the young adopted boy (described by Brontë as a “little Lascar”) is of an almost animal physical nature. Willful, meandering, and intriguing, this Wuthering Heights is similarly headstrong. B+
PHYSICAL NATURE Solomon Glave and Shannon Beer star in this adaptation of Emily Brontë's classic novel (Agatha Nitecka)
Genre: Drama; Starring: Steve Evets, James Howson, Oliver Milburn, Kaya Scodelario; Director: Andrea Arnold; Runtime (in minutes): 128; MPAA Rating: Unrated; Distributor: Oscilloscope Pictures
Posted January 17 2015 — 5:04 PM EST
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