May 28, 2017

“Wuthering Heights” wins over Venice, called “favorite” of the fest – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell It took until Tuesday, but the Venice Film Festival finally screened a movie that floored the collective journalism corps.

Twitter lit up with praise for Andrea Arnold’s take on Emily Bronte’s “Wuthering Heights,” which stars James Howson as Heathcliff, a poor orphan taken in by a wealthy English family who begins to develop feelings for his foster sister, Cathy (Kaya Scodelario).

“My favourite of the festival so far,” raved Oliver Lyttelton on The Playlist. “It should also be said that Andrea Arnold has made a better Terrence Malick film than Terrence Malick did this year.”!/olilyttelton

Jon Barrenechea chimed in “Andrea Arnold’s WUTHERING HEIGHTS is a towering masterpiece only tarnished by the use of a song in the final minutes. Amazing.”

We’re anticipating more reviews and reaction as the crowds exit Italian screenings. Looks like my TIFF schedule has to shift around, yet again, to make room for Arnold’s Bronte adaptation. The idea of trudging through another period literary adaptation brings tears, yet this Tweet from UK scribe Neil Young answers those concerns.

“If only this risky, unadorned approach was the norm for period pics & literary adaptations, not the exception,” he tweets.

Fair enough. Consider me intrigued.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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