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Wide Sargasso Sea (1993)

NC-17 | | Drama, Romance, Thriller | 16 April 1993 (USA)
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A young female landowner in 1840s Jamaica marries a just-arrived Englishman to avoid losing her property. All seems to be perfect, love arises, and happiness is on the way, but she is ... See full summary »

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... Antoinette Cosway
... Edward Rochester
... Annette Cosway
... Paul Mason
... Aunt Cora (as Martine Beswicke)
Claudia Robinson ... Christophene
Huw Christie Williams ... Richard Mason
Casey Berna ... Young Antoinette
... Amelie
Ben Thomas ... Daniel Cosway
... Young Bull
Audbrey Pilatus ... Drummer
Ancile Gloudon ... Nelson
Dominic Needham ... Pierre
Kevin Thomas ... Benbow
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A young female landowner in 1840s Jamaica marries a just-arrived Englishman to avoid losing her property. All seems to be perfect, love arises, and happiness is on the way, but she is hiding an old secret regarding her childhood and her mother. Slowly, this secret begins to erode this perfect relationship and, perhaps, her mother's story will begin again...with her. Written by Luis Carvacho <lcarvach@lascar.puc.cl>

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Rated NC-17 for strong, explicit sexuality | See all certifications »

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$1,610,792
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One of only two filmed adaptations for the cinema from a written work by Jean Rhys with the other, the first, being director James Ivory's Quartet (1981), made by Merchant Ivory Productions (MIP). See more »


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Written by Giulio Briccialdi (as Briccialdi)
Arranged by Charlotte Georg (as Lee Ashley)
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Unfaithful adaptation of Jean Rhys's novel.
9 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

'Wide Sargasso Sea' is a film that combines a very loose film adaptation of Rhys's novel with sex scenes that are alternately hokey and hilarious (they never get it on nearly as prodigiously in the novel). That said, I *will* readily concede that the primary actors in the film did a good job. However, their abilities are wasted on a film that suffers from amateurish pacing (with the story advancing in disorienting fits and starts), inconsistent cinematographic style (occasionally stunning, sometimes questionable, such as the event early on with the parrot).

Anyone looking for a faithful adaptation of the novel is frankly out of luck and anyone wanting a true background on "Jane Eyre" would do well to read the far-superior book of the same name.

Cheers and good luck.


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