Jane Eyre (DVD)
DIRECTED BY - Cary Fukunaga
IndiePix Price: $16.95
RUNTIME - 121 minutes
RATING - Not Rated
YEAR - 2011
Charlotte Bront's classic romance is revived once again with this Ruby Films production directed by Cary Fukunaga (SIN NOMBRE) and adapted by screenwriter Moira Buffini. Raised by her aunt Sarah (Sally Hawkins) after her parents die of typhus, young Jane Eyre (Amelia Clarkson) is later shipped off to a stark boarding school as the result of her perceived insolence, and suffers greatly at the hands of the cold, unusually strict administration. Upon turning 18 and completing her education, Jane (Mia Wasikowska) finds work as a governess for Adle Varens (Romy Settbon Moore), the ward of Edward Fairfax Rochester (Michael Fassbender), master of Thornfield Hall. It doesn't take long for the young Adle to warm to Jane, and upon returning home the charming Rochester, too, falls under the spell of his modest yet captivating governess. Later, he ends his courtship with the beautiful Blanche Ingram (Imogen Poots) in favor of proposing to Jane, who excitedly accepts. On what was supposed to be the happiest day of Jane's life, however, a scandalous secret is revealed, and the emotionally shattered governess takes flight. Subsequently taken in by kindly clergyman St. John (Jamie Bell) and his two sisters, Jane begins a new life as a teacher under an assumed name. But her passion for Rochester still burns bright, prompting Jane to make a life-altering decision after learning a crucial secret about her own family.
"Fukunaga is an intense, visceral filmmaker with a love for melodramatic situations....One of the shrewd choices Fukunaga has made is to emphasize the natural gothic aspects of the story."
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"[W]ith handsome cinematic flourishes and an intriguing storytelling approach. The talented cast, spectacular cinematography and spot-on production design is guided by the sure hand of director Cary Joji Fukunaga."
- Claudia Puig, USA Today