Mar. 8, 2023: Emily
Wednesday, Mar. 8, 2023
7 pm @ Galaxy Cinemas, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Director: Frances O’Connor
United Kindgom/USA, 2022
English; 130 minutes
Rated R for some sexuality/nudity and drug use.
This boldly atmospheric drama sweeps us away to 19th-century England for a tale of irrepressible creativity and secret desire. Part history, part speculation, Emily imagines Emily Brontë’s own Gothic story that inspired her seminal novel Wuthering Heights. Haunted by the death of her mother, Emily (Emma Mackey) struggles within the confines of her family life and yearns for artistic and personal freedom. A rapturous depiction of Brontë’s triumphs and tragedies and her arduous journey toward realizing her vocation.
O’Connor clearly isn’t afraid of rattling cages when approaching sacred texts. There’s something refreshingly untethered about the gusto with which she reimagines Emily …
Mark Kermode, Observer (UK)
Mackey, in particular, is a powerhouse. The young star is matched well with O’Connor’s carefully calibrated, appealingly earnest script, which approximates a modern sensibility without striking a false note or straying from Emily’s contemporaneous moors. Tara Brady, Irish Times
With Emily, actor-turned-director Frances O’Connor has crafted a first film that feels like the work of an accomplished master. Jason Bailey, The Playlist