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Movie review: An arty, obtuse take on 'Wuthering Heights'

Published November 9, 2012 2:26 pm

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Andrea Arnold's take on Emily Brontë's "Wuthering Heights" bounces from fascinating to exasperating with such frequency it could give your brain whiplash.

Arnold, best known for the modern angst-riddled dramas "Fish Tank" and "Red Road," captures the moors in every grimy detail as she depicts the class divisions that keep young Catherine Evershaw (played as a teen by Shannon Beer and as a lady by Kaya Scoledario) away from the poor — and black — Heathcliff (played alternately by Solomon Glave and James Howson).

Arnold eschews narration or exposition, opting instead for artful long shots of the characters and their bleak, muddy surroundings. The results are often obtuse and self-consciously arty. But the movie is also frequently engrossing, sucking the viewer into the emotional landscape of these star-crossed lovers.

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'Wuthering Heights'

Opens Friday, Nov. 9, at the Broadway Centre Cinemas; not rated, but probably R for language, violence and some sexual content; 129 minutes.