Period-film maestro Franco Zeffirelli captures the brooding, gothic atmosphere of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel in this moody screen adaptation. As the titular heroine—who goes from spirited orphan to governess to lover of the dashingly romantic Rochester (William Hurt)—Charlotte Gainsbourg is soulful and sensitive, conveying both Jane’s sadness and defiant inner fire. Her performance sets the tone for a beautifully restrained, understated take on a beloved romance. The impressive supporting cast includes Fiona Shaw as Mrs. Reed, Joan Plowright as Mrs. Fairfax, and Anna Paquin as the young Jane.
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