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As imagined by Jean Rhys, the villainous madwoman in Charlotte Brontes Jane Eyre becomes an innocent, born into two cultures but belonging to none.
The exotic Caribbean confounds young Englishman Edward Rochester when he arrives in 1830s Jamaica to pursue his fortune. Nevertheless, he finds nothing to fear in beautiful Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway. She eagerly succumbs to his courtship, entrusting him with her dowry and her destiny. In the intoxicating surroundings of their honeymoon house, ecstatic lust turns to suspicion and betrayal as her world and his disastrously collide.
In this passionate and heartbreaking love story, the shadowy character created by one brilliant novelist becomes fully realized in the hands of another. Rafe Spall (The Chatterley Affair) and Rebecca Hall (The Prestige) star in a fresh adaptation that captures all the sensuality, suspense, and nuance of Rhyss masterpiece.
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE biography of Jean Rhys, SDH subtitles, and cast filmographies.
"Grade: B+" -- Entertainment Weekly
"Strong and powerful performances from both actors -- British American TV DVD blog
A high quality drama that doesn't disappoint. -- Memorable TV
Excellent story, excellent actors, excellent locations -- EInsiders.com
Grade A -- Campus Circle Magazine
Sensual and harrowing -- Los Angeles Daily News
- Biography of Jean Rhys and cast filmographies
Top Customer Reviews
This TV version is filmed, like its predecessor, in the fantastically beautiful green island of Jamaica, and it's certainly beautiful to watch. It stars several lesser-known young performers; as the young Englishman Edward Rochester, Rafe Spall( Masterpiece Theatre: Room With a View; Shaun of the Dead,); as beautiful Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway, Rebecca Hall ( ...Read more ›
Jean Rhys story has been beautifully brought to film with Rebecca Hall making the romantic loves and losses of Antoinette believable. Her nude scenes leave little to the imagination inside the honeymoon Jamaican house. She throws herself into assuring the young Edward love her. If nudity and sexual situations offend, stop here. It's unrated but probably should be considered an R due to the fleshy parts.
It is 1830s, and Antoinette forfeited all control of her 30,000 dowry. Does she not deserve passionate romance? But secrets and whispered tales abound. Antoinette is caught between the English and Jamaican worlds, owned by no one except...her now suspicious husband. Will her history destroy the future? You will feel for the heartbroken Antoinette through her unsuccessful attempts to lure back her Englishman's love. Who's right? Who's betrayed? Who's mad?
This is a 5-star book adaptation worth a second viewing, and then the third watch can be coupled with "Jane Eyre". Very well done by BBC Wales (Kudos) and then Acorn Media with the DVD.
SUBTITLES are provided.
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Chinese water torture! Only Rebecca is worth watching, but the male lead is so demonically vacant in his eyes that he sucks the energy out of your... Read more
I really liked the movie. I haven't read the book, but was pleased with the movie. I am a huge Bronte fan.Published on July 14, 2014 by Denise C. Riner
This is a very unusual movie but effective and true to the novel. It's exasperating in its discriminatory treatment of the natives and the "other," the acting is superb and... Read morePublished on July 8, 2014 by M Cicitta
In it's own right, this slight tale may have had something going for it, but its spurious connection to Jane Eyre lays it to waste. Read morePublished on November 27, 2013 by Susan Bennett
A great post-colonial novel, one of the great "writing back" texts reduced to such schmaltz. Seedy and seething but about all the wrong notions.Published on September 2, 2013 by JENNY WOODS