Wuthering Heights (2011)

Wuthering Heights
Director: Andrea Arnold
Writer: Andrea Arnold, Olivia Hetreed
Based on: Emily Brontë’s novel
Cast: James Howson, Solomon Glave, Shannon Beer, Kaya Scodelario, Paul Hilton, Simone Jackson, Steve Evets, Lee Shaw, James Northcote, Nichola Burley
Seen on: 27.3.2021

Plot:
When Mr Earnshaw (Paul Hilton) brings home an orphaned Black boy who he calls Heathcliff (Solomon Glave), his daughter Catherine (Shannon Beer) is at first taken aback. But then the two become inseperable. But in their harsh surroundings, their relationship also becomes one of harshness. When they grow up (James Howson, Kaya Scodelario), it turns to bitterness, especially when the rich neighbor Edgar (James Northcote) starts courting Catherine.

Wuthering Heights does not have an easy start with me. I absolutely hated the novel. But I was hoping that Arnold would still manage to turn the story into something I’d care for. Unfortunately, my hopes were disappointed in that regard.

The film poster showing Heathcliff (James Howson) in a close-up and Catherine (Kaya Scodelario) walking away in two separate images.
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The Selfish Giant (2013)

The Selfish Giant
Director: Clio Barnard
Writer: Clio Barnard
Based on: Oscar Wilde‘s short story (very loosely)
Cast: Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas, Sean Gilder, Lorraine Ashbourne, Steve Evets, Siobhan Finneran
Part of: Viennale

Plot:
Arbor (Conner Chapman) and Swifty (Shaun Thomas) are best friends, despite Arbor being hyperactive and Swifty being the calmest person. By chance they get into scrap collecting (and stealing) for Kitten (Sean Gilder) . When Arbor is kicked out of school, he thinks that it’s a viable alternative. Swifty is more hesitant but goes along with it mostly because he’s drawn by Kitten’s horses. But it’s a generally volatile situation.

The Selfish Giant was absolutely fantastic. Atmospheric, great cast, wonderful setting and I cried my eyes out. Man, how I cried. Wow.

The-Selfish-Giant

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Anna Karenina (2012)

Anna Karenina
Director: Joe Wright
Writer: Tom Stoppard
Based on: Leo Tolstoy‘s novel (which I wrote about very shortly here)
Cast: Keira Knightley, Aaron Johnson, Jude Law, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Ruth Wilson, Olivia Williams, Holliday Grainger, Emily Watson, Michelle Dockery, Steve Evets, Bill Skarsgard

Plot:
Anna (Keira Knightley) has been married to Alexei Karenin (Jude Law) for quite a while. It’s a marriage of convenience, but one that works quite well. Anna gives all her love to their son and seems content. That is, until she travels to Moscow to reconcile her brother Stiva (Matthew Macfadyen) with his wife Dolly (Kelly Macdonald) on whom he cheated. In Moscow, Anna meets Alexei Vronsky (Aaron Johnson), a young count who had been courting Dolly’s sister Kitty (Alicia Vikander), more or less seriously. Anna and Vronsky feel drawn to each other immediately – so much so that Anna basically flees back to St. Petersburg. But Vronsky follows her there, kicking off events that slowly spiral Anna’s life completely out of control.

The movie started and I immediately and irrevocably fell in love with it. And it didn’t disappoint me for one moment. It is a thing of beauty that I could watch over and over again.

Anna-Karenina

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Looking for Eric (2009)

Looking for Eric is the newest movie by Ken Loach, starring Steve Evets and Eric Cantona.

Plot:
Eric’s (Steve Evets) life is falling apart: He is close to a mental breakdown, he can hardly do his job as a postman, his two teenage stepsons make his life miserable and he is haunted by the memories of his first love he lost through a mistake of his own doing. Then one night, Eric Cantona (Eric Cantona) appears in his bedroom and starts coaching his life.

Looking for Eric is a sweet and very funny movie. It’s wonderfully written (by Paul Laverty) with a very warm sense of humour. The story is not too original but it doesn’t need to be. It’s thoroughly enjoyable.

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