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Bonus Features: 60 Minute Documentary Featurette with Director André Téchiné, Screenwriter Pascal Bonitzer and more, Feature Length Audio Commentary, Trailers.
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***French with English subtitles (French name - Les Seurs Brontë)
In this version, director André Téchiné uses the structure of the relationship between the three remaining Bronte sisters and their brother Branwell Bronte. This is a convenient device since it allows the use of the famous Branwell painting of his sisters as a powerful visual symbol of the movie and their lives. However, to say this movie is all about Branwell is a little misleading even though he occupies significant run time. In the end, it is still the story of the Bronte sisters within that family context.
THE STORY: The movie picks up with the siblings pretty much all into adulthood and seeking education and employment. The movie does not explain that two older sisters had long since passed away when Branwell was only 8 years old. Charlotte, Emily and Anne are industrious and actively seek out knowledge and experience so they can later establish their own school in Harworth. Branwell is torn between a career in writing and in painting. Early in the movie he creates a painting of he and the three sisters together. We know this painting will later become extremely famous due to the image of the sisters and hangs in the National Portrait Gallery of London. Unfortunately, Branwell's efforts are a little more inconsistent than his sister's and he has difficulty with employment and alcohol. The movie gives us somewhat of a view of each sister's personality and events in their lives that likely influenced each famous novel. It was very interesting to see Emily in particular as she is perhaps the most unique personality of the three.Read more ›
Well made, if largely aloof, "The Brontë Sisters" becomes somewhat of a mixed bag for me. I absolutely loved Greggory and the tale of Branwell. While his arc was certainly vital in relationship to his sisters, I really didn't feel any substantial closeness or even clarity to the women. This biographical drama follows the siblings from an approximate period of 1842 to 1854, from a reclusive upbringing to where the women became publishing phenomena by putting out major works using male pseudonyms. Pisier plays Charlotte (Jane Eyre), Adjani is Emily (Wuthering Heights), and Huppert embodies Anne (Agnes Grey).Read more ›
This movie also includes a 60 minute documentary with interviews with the director and screenwriter, and an 8 page booklet with photos and credits.
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What a gorgeous film! Unfolding like a series of romantic paintings, THE BRONTE SISTERS captures the period, the flavor and above all the mood of the tortured and tumultuous world... Read morePublished on April 14, 2014 by Jon Wynne
I don't know how I missed this really great old film! I'm glad it is back out and I can have it in my collection!Published on March 19, 2014 by Marcar