Froster

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.

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