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439 Ratings

The Brontë Sisters

Les soeurs Brontë

Directed by André Téchiné
France, 1979
Drama, Biography


In 19th-century England, the Brontë sisters live on the Yorkshire moors with their father and their brother, an impetuous and passionate painter and writer. They stave off boredom by writing, a discipline in which they display great promise.

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The Brontë Sisters Directed by André Téchiné
The intelligent austerity that marks André Téchiné’s underappreciated fourth film, The Brontë Sisters (1979), is a rarity both for the director, whose work, at least since the mid-1990s, has frequently succumbed to voluble hysterics, and the literary biopic… That this is a serious meditation on the creators of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, classic texts whose screen adaptations have too often devolved into clamorous Victorian bodice-rippers, makes its hush all the more admirable.
July 29, 2013
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The lives of the Brontës were marked by ambition, transgression, and tragedy, but André Téchiné’s 1979 The Brontë Sisters is all the more haunting for being stylized and elliptical. The script by Pascal Bonitzer draws on primary sources, and Téchiné elicits restrained but electric performances… While the astringent formalism echoes the family’s austere circumstances, the characters’ vivid interior lives emerge through language and gesture.
July 14, 2013
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In an era particularly skeptical of the ostentatious and melodramatic, and with Téchiné seemingly relegated, along with elder statesmen such as Benoît Jacquot and Bertrand Tavernier, to an unfortunate modern variation onla qualité français, this film feels, perhaps paradoxically considering its self-conscious construction, not only pure but uncommonly engaged with histories both literary and cinematic. And in that sense it feels just as assertive as Téchiné’s more rebellious work.
July 30, 2013
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