What a delightful surprise debuting director Frances O’Connor’s reimagining of the life of the author of “Wuthering Heights” is! After a dazzling career as the star of such films as Mansfield Park and AI: Artificial Intelligence, O’Connor both writes and directs EMILLY with great love and attention both to the celebrated and pioneering writer, and the actors in her film, which is both a biography and a work of imagination in itself. “O’Connor posits that it was a book written out of desperation and heartbreak – and the slightest bit of madness, perhaps…. All of the Bronte sisters are intelligent, charming, and gifted with the written word, but Emily can see Charlotte’s skepticism: “Why is it so hard for you to believe your sister could write something of worth?” The inciting event is the arrival of Mr. William Weightman, the new curate assisting their minister father. Mr. Weightman is dreamy, and Emily initially reacts to her sisters falling all over with cynicism (but that is to change!)….it’s a film of good humor and high spirits”—James Bailey, The Playlist.
Opening Friday, February 24