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Jane Eyre

Rated PG-13 118 minutes 2011

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.

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Official Site: focusfeatures.com/jane_eyre

Director: Cary Fukunaga

Producer: Alison Owen, Paul Trijbits, Christine Langan and Peter Hampden

Cast: 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 and Églantine Rembauville

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