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Jane Eyre

Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga

UK, 2011

Cornerhouse, 11 September 2011

Jane Eyre

By any measure, a brilliant adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s oak-hearted novel.

Mia Wasikowska’s performance is quietly impressive and Amelia Clarkson, the actress who plays the young Jane, is excellent as well.  Several scenes seem to owe something to Robert Stevenson’s classic 1943 film – the gothic atmosphere of the school, the way Rochester’s horse rears up when Jane first encounters him – but that is perhaps inevitable.  Most of it feels fresh and vibrant, newly minted.

What is wonderful about the novel is Jane herself, pilgrim soul extraordinaire, her passion and appetite for life and her implacable integrity.  Hers was no coward soul.  She goes her own way and will answer to her own star only.  That young woman is here in this film.