The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

DVD - 2008
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When the beautiful widow Helen Graham moves into the derelict Wildfell Hall with her son, she arouses great curiosity from the local villagers. Gilbert Markham is a handsome young farmer who finds himself drawn to the enigmatic Helen and encourages her to open up to him. But even the sympathetic Markham is unprepared for the secrets Helen will ultimately reveal, secrets which the repressed Victorian society would rather bury forever.


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Feb 07, 2018

Would have to agree with the numerous positive comments below. This one might best be viewed in the dead of winter as it carries the bleakness of the Yorkshire moors in both narrative and appearance . Insightful story written by a young woman who like her sisters had to use a male pseudonym to be published. Tragic that the Bronte women all died so young. I too will seek out the novel.

Jun 30, 2017

This film is interesting enough to entice me to read the book by Ann Bronte--though I generally avoid obvious chickbooks. The main character is a confused woman with a child who is turning into a monster like his father secondary to her smothering helicopter mothering. She makes true Jack Nicholson's comment in As Good As It Gets when asked how he relates to women: "I think of a man; and take away reason and accountability."

Apr 12, 2017

Good adaptation of Anne Bronte's book. Has the bleak moor life portrayed in all Bronte novels, but this has a woman who endures life's hardships and ultimately finds happiness in the end. 3 - 1 hour episodes. Well done.

Feb 14, 2015

A superior, engrossing adaptation of an ignored novel by Ann Bronte, with superb performances by Tara Fitzgerald and Rupert Graves. It's the BBC at the top of its form.

May 15, 2014

I liked this fiction story alot. It represents how society was in early century. The male & female role was quite different then.

hania4987 Oct 08, 2013

This is my incentive to read the book!
The story begins with Helen settling in a secluded house in a small village. In small flashbacks, it is shown that she has fled from a dreadful situation. The village tries to become acquainted with her, but she is very standoffish. The gossip begins and she finds herself criticized and ostracized by everyone but Gilbert. The creepy melancholy music esp in the first episode does not enhance the story. It's a little choppy and disjointed.

wendybird Sep 11, 2013

Anne Bronte's under appreciated novel is brought to life here by a cast of experienced, perfectly pitched players, and near perfect English backdrop. A warning, though : a pleasant, soft-lens typical BBC costume drama this is not, featuring difficult themes and, at times, disturbing scenes.
The beautiful, mysterious Helen Graham and her young son rent gothic farmhouse, "Wildfell Hill" - and the plot consists of her personal secrets unraveling to the often cruel and petty society around her.

Froster Oct 01, 2012

It’s pretty amazing that the novel this adaptation is based upon is not much better known, as there are some genuine shocks contained within it. Evidently it rocked the Victorian world with its depictions of a realistically dysfunctional and abusive marriage. Because it’s not as famous as its renowned sisters, it’s difficult to judge the film that's been made of it. It works, certainly, though Tara Fitzgerald is singularly unsympathetic as the titular character (but perhaps that was a “brave” choice on the part of actor and director). Nitpicking though it is, her meticulous Victorian hair styles and costumes are also singularly unsympathetic. Added to that is a clunky mise en scene, with flashbacks and flash forwards that are needlessly confusing. But it is worth watching, and certainly within the Bronte oeuvre, a major revelation.

tradlibn May 24, 2012

This movie is based on a novel by a lesser-known Bronte sister - Anne. A mysterious young woman, dressed in mourning, and her son move into an old house along the coast of in Yorkshire.
The woman is reserved and resists mixing with her neighbors, but a young man living nearby becomes enamored of her just the same. Then rumors start in the town about who the father of her child is.

Jan 31, 2012

I quite enjoyed this, and found myself thinking quite a lot about it afterward. I haven't read the book so can't comment on how well the movie follows it, but I did appreciate that the nearly 3-hour length seemed to allow the time to fully tell the story. I'm impressed that a young unmarried woman of her time (Anne Bronte) could tell a story of married life with such insight.

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