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Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte's heroine has been played by some pretty drippy actresses over the years, but this British adaptation of the 1847 Gothic novel is elevated by a flinty and finely detailed performance from young Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, The Kids Are All Right). Jane Eyre, the orphaned girl who grows into a formidably self-possessed young woman, is repeatedly described in the book as plain-looking, which movie producers usually do their best to ignore. Wasikowska is credibly ordinary-looking, and she's internalized the peculiar mix of willfulness and watchfulness, defiance and modesty, that allows Jane to survive as a lower-class woman without losing her soul. Screenwriter Moira Buffini sticks pretty closely to the novel, and director Cary Fukunaga conjures a drab tone that nicely sets off the characters' violent but rigidly controlled passions. With Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench, Jamie Bell, and Sally Hawkins.



  • Cary Fukunaga


  • Mia Wasikowska
  • Michael Fassbender
  • Jamie Bell
  • Judi Dench
  • Sally Hawkins
  • Holliday Grainger
  • Tamzin Merchant
  • Imogen Poots
  • Amelia Clarkson
  • Freya Parks
  • Romy Moore
  • Su Elliott
  • Sophie Ward
  • Joe Moyland
  • Églantine Rembauville


  • Alison Owen
  • Paul Trijbits
  • Christine Langan
  • Peter Hampden

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