As an iconoclastic adaptation of a classic novel, Wuthering Heights came out of the Toronto International Film Festival with decidedly mixed reviews. Thankfully for all involved—and the curious like myself—the movie also came home with a distribution deal through Oscilloscope. The first teaser trailer is online, and highlights the beautiful cinematography and the insistent silence. (Also, the unusual 1.37:1 aspect ratio.)
James Howson, Kaya Scodelario, Steve Evets, and Nichola Burley star in Wuthering Heights, directed by Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank). Watch the trailer after the jump.
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I have not read the book, but I am really intrigued by what I see here. Anyone else in this position?
In a remote farmhouse on Yorkshire’s nineteenth-century moors, Mr. Earnshaw brings home a wary biracial boy, whom he names Heathcliff. Adopted into the family under Christian values, Heathcliff’s new presence is met with mixed feelings. Hindley, Earnshaw’s teenaged son, treats him with contempt, while Catherine, Hindley’s younger sister, embraces the outsider with curious warmth. An intense relationship begins to form between Heathcliff and Catherine as they play on the moor. Their pleasant days are brought to an abrupt end, however, with Mr. Earnshaw’s death. Hindley takes control of the farm and drives Heathcliff away. Edgar, the son of a wealthy neighbouring family, courts Catherine in marriage. Torn between love and reason, Catherine’s decision sets the three of them on a tragic course.