DVD: Wuthering Heights

Based on the classic by Emily Bronte, this powerful new adaptation by Academy Award-winning writer and director Andrea Arnold beautifully depicts the story of two passionate young lovers. Found homeless on the street by a Yorkshire farmer, Heathcliff is taken to live on the isolated and lonely moors, soon forming an obsessive bond with Cathy, the farmer’s daughter.

Dramatically shot, the film’s raw and striking cinematography is enhanced by the noticeable lack of soundtrack, instead focusing on the atmospheric sounds of the moors. The harsh weather and fertile, primitive surroundings movingly echo the plight of the central characters, played brilliantly in their younger years by newcomers Shannon Beer and Solomon Glave.

This affecting and sometimes shocking film manages to stay true to its nineteenth century roots, while providing something utterly modern and thought-provoking.

Out on DVD on 26 March

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