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Jane Eyre

Release Date 09 Sep 2011 11 Aug 2011

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Certificate: 12A

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In the story, Jane Eyre flees Thornfield House, where she works as a governess for wealthy Edward Rochester. As she reflects upon the people and emotions that have defined her, it is clear that the isolated and imposing residence - and Mr. Rochester's coldness - have sorely tested the young woman's resilience, forged years earlier when she was orphaned. She must now act decisively to secure her own future and come to terms with the past that haunts her - and the terrible secret that Mr. Rochester is hiding and that she has uncovered.

Cast:
Mia Wasikowska | Sally Hawkins | Jamie Bell | Simon McBurney | Sophie Ward | Harry Lloyd | Imogen Poots | Judi Dench | Tamzin Merchant | Michael Fassbender

Writers:
Moira Buffini | Charlotte Brontë

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Directors:
Cary Fukunaga

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The elfin Aussie actress Mia Wasikowska (Alice In Wonderland) takes on Charlotte Bronte’s “poor, obscure, plain and little” heroine, suffering a cruel Victorian orphanhood that merely sets the scene for a life of hardship that inevitably hardens the heart. From her brutal aunt (Hawkins) to a self-righteous headmaster (McBurney), through to her job as governess for the mysterious, tormented Mr. Rochester (Fassbender), Jane Eyre becomes a fiercely independent young woman who knows the true value of love…

THE VERDICT: Given that this is the 1,746th screen adaptation of Bronte’s 1847 novel, it’s admirable to see director Fukunaga (who came to notice with his Mexican immigrant tale Sin Nombre in 2009) take such a stark and near-silent approach to such a wordy and worthy classic. He’s aided and abetted enormously in his task, of course, by a taut script from Moira Buffini (Tamara Drewe, Neil Jordan’s upcoming Byzantium), but, most importantly, by two exciting and enticing leads. Fassbender, in particular, is darkly seductive as Rochester, the Irish actor proving to be one of cinema’s greatest finds of recent years (thanks not only to the likes of Hunger, Fish Tank and Inglorious Basterds but also current festival hits A Dangerous Mind and Shame).

Review by Paul Byrne

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    fhiosat

    Stunningly shot film - great acting. Grips you from the start but then it is based on a fantastic novel. Go see.

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    elaineg

    Lovely film for the ladies!!A classic romantic tale of love, mystery and intrigue.

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    marythemole

    I was quite tired when I went to this movie and found it not too taxing on the senses. Both leads were excellent and I would recommend this movie for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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    scollonp

    Loved the gothic atmosphere. Acting was fantastic (Mia Wasikowska expecially) and wonderful sets. Not usually my kind of thing but it was perfect for a rainy Saturday afternoon. Plus the chics love it too! Bring her to this instead of yet another super hero zombie flic and score ten million brownie points. Pretend you are hating it and you just went for her, and score an extra life. Wicked :)

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    mart

    Those craving gloomy stairways and thunderclap atmospherics might not come away completely sated, but Fukunaga's delicate artistry leaves it hard to ask for much more

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    filmbuff2011

    Jane Eyre - the horror movie? Well, it certainly feels like that occasionally in this daring new adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel. There's an air of dread, harshness and isolation throughout the film... but yet this story is ultimately about two tragic and lonely souls finding comfort in each other. It's not a definitive adaptation and it's almost too gloomy at times, but the performances from the two leads are faultless and there's even some welcome humour too. Worth seeking out.

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    Ellegibbons

    I really enjoyed this movie, I like period drama/ film. The lighting and music used in this movie was fab keeps you engaged, well worth a look :)