The Bronte Sisters ★★★★★

fantastique!
I've been waiting to watch this version of the brontes for simply ages. Think I've seen the rest - the hollywood one; the 70s yorkshire tv series, the recent disappointment that was To Walk Invisible and now this...
Of course I'm a bronte fan but as time has gone by I've found that even tho I like the literary adaptations, my real love is for the actual story of these sisters - because basically it's got it all. Isolated windswept location; imaginary lands; genius; unrequited love; secrets; hardships; triumphs; death; grief; three women walking round a table reading to one another; female friendships; tragedy; a wastrel brother who garners all the attention; beautiful poetry just waiting to be discovered; eccentricity; and some of the greatest english books ever written. ( you couldn't make this stuff up).
So yes the french take is tres silly and therein lies its charm. Some of the best silly bits
Emily - wearing boy's clothes- stomps on a rose " I scorn and trample it...I spit on love and its vanity "
Emily just casually pulling up some random heather, spots her brother on the moor...
Charlotte writing her love letter to M. Heger doesn't even look at her page - its like seance spirit writing
Charlotte and Ann presenting themselves to the publisher ... they're so darn beautiful and french...
The Black Bull has a resident violinist...
and yes like all the rest, Branwell gets way too much screen time

5 stars with love

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