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Bronte Sisters

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The rediscovered Classic now fully re-mastered and available for the first time EVER. Three of France s most enduring actresses star in this moody and atmospheric look at the reclusive lives of the Brontë sisters. In a dreary presbytery in Yorkshire, living under the watchful eyes of their aunt and father, a strict Anglican pastor, the sisters write their first works that quickly become literary sensations. Their brother, Branwell, a gifted painter, becomes entangled in a complicated May-December romance that tragically effects everyone in the family.
Bonus Features: 60 Minute Documentary Featurette with Director André Téchiné, Screenwriter Pascal Bonitzer and more, Feature Length Audio Commentary, Trailers.

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  • Actors: Isabelle Adjani, Marie-France Pisier, Isabelle Huppert
  • Directors: André Téchiné
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Cohen Media Group
  • DVD Release Date: July 30, 2013
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CG4XKTG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,226 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By MyD -- The Viewpoint TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 26, 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
3 1/2 STARS -- FOR A GREAT CLASSIC PERHAPS NOT AGED WELL ON FILM --- LET ME EXPLAIN BELOW AS THIS MOVIE IS NOT FOR EVERYONE.

***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.
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One of the most significant post-New Wave French filmmakers has been André Téchiné. I've been a huge supporter of his work for several decades now with some of my favorites being 1985's "Rendez-vous," 1994's "Wild Reeds," 2009's "The Girl on the Train" and even 2011's "Unforgettable." I was somewhat surprised, therefore, that I was completely oblivious of his 1979 work "The Brontë Sisters." There is no denying the enduring fascination with the Brontë clan. Who wouldn't want more insight into the family that created these literary giants? But when you cast the fantastic trio of Isabelle Adjani, Isabelle Huppert, and Marie-France Pisier, the film takes on a whole new dimension. What a cast! I was absolutely thrilled to get my hands on this film to see what I had been missing. In this day and age, I'd watch any project that starred just one of these ladies. Putting them together, however, seems an abundance of riches. But for all the star power in his leading ladies, Téchiné seems a bit more focused on their brother Branwell (a terrific Pascal Greggory).

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).
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"The Bronte Sisters"(1979) is directed by Andre Techine. This film is about the three famous authors/sisters who lived in England in the countryside, and all died at a very young age(29,30,38). The father, Patrick Bronte, survived his whole family, living until age 84.The director wanted to minimize any fantasy about the sisters and in doing so also minimized most of the drama. What we are presented with is a very dour, grey, and quiet movie, very northern European. This film might best be watched in the dead of winter with a fireplace to warm one's being. Yes, it is grim, and the characters often seem overly restrained with pent up feelings ready to burst, but this is an interesting film with many beautiful haunting landscapes as nature was an important aspect of the sisters lives which was depicted in their novels like "Wuthering Heights".

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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