Wuthering Heights - Startet in Venedig mit gemischten Kritiken!
Das Drama Wuthering Heights von Regisseurin Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank) erhielt gestern bei dem Filmfestival in Venedig überaus positive bis zu negative Kritiken. Der Film basiert auf den Roman von Emily Brontë mit dem gleichnamigen Titel. Hier die erste Bewertung der Presse:

Variety - NEGATIV
The dragginess is due to not only Nicolas Chaudeurge’s unvaried rhythms but also the monotony of some of the performances; young Glave and Beer as deliver every line in the same flat, affectless way, and although at first it’s interesting to see a version of the story with so much less screaming and crying, it sort of lacks a point after a while.

Telegraph - GEMISCHT
Nature is the true star of Andrea Arnold’s “Wuthering Heights,” a raw and affecting adaptation that will bring a new audience to the Brontë story. Windswept moors have never looked as bleak as they do here, nor as rain-sodden. The Yorkshire Tourist Board shouldn’t expect a boost in visitor numbers.

The Playlist - SEHR POSITIV
It’s not quite a tearjerker, Arnold playing up the anger of the novel, and we sort of feel that’s the way that it should be. It is, however, incredibly powerful, extremely sexy (there’s one scene that takes place between Cathy and Heathcliff after the latter has been caned that’s more erotic than anything we’ve seen in a while), and a truly remarkable reinvention of a text that beforehand, we weren’t sure we ever needed to see on screen again.

The Guardian - GEMISCHT
What I found more of a problem was the faint stiffness and self-consciousness of the acting and the crucial lack of chemistry between the adult Heathcliff and Cathy. We need to believe in this love in order for Arnold’s gloriously bruised and brooding vision to properly hit home and I never did, quite. This duo don’t like us; they won’t hold our gaze. So all we can do is sit in the dark and admire their travails from afar, like peering through binoculars at some big cat at play on open ground; one that is too wild – too unwilling – to draw too close.

The Hollywood Reporter - POSITIV
That said, the film’s audacious unconventionality and a cast headed by a quartet of total unknowns make it, on paper at least, a tough commercial sell. But such is the enduring power of “Wuthering Heights” as a popular cultural phenomenon that, aided by what is likely to be very strong critical reactions and a healthy awards haul, there’s no reason why director/co-writer Arnold’s third feature shouldn’t prove an international arthouse success in the mold of her last effort, “Fish Tank” (2009).

Movieline - GEMISCHT
And in the end, I didn’t get the emotional charge from “Wuthering Heights” that I was waiting for, hoping for. But it’s certainly one of the thorniest and most thought-provoking films of the festival. And although it’s been some 25 years since I read the book, I was surprised at the way Arnold reminded me of its unnerving emotional undercurrents, and of Bronte’s mystical-brutal view of the presence of nature in love and sex. As literary adaptations go, it’s both doggedly faithful and willfully untamed — a movie that’s hard, maybe, to love, but easy to respect.

Quelle: indieWire
Wuthering Heights (2011)
Kinostart: Unbekannt

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