Loved this portrait of a woman whose insistence on living a life full of unbridled passion threatens to swallow her whole. Rachel Weisz has always been one of my favorite actresses, and this movie showcases her talents perfectly. She's able to telegraph all the big and small emotional moments so seamlessly. Even when those emotions are contradictory, she makes it seem natural to the character. After reading Anna Karenina and then watching Leaving, Julia, and White Material, I was really "over" stories about women who let their emotions completely derail their lives, but I was still moved by this story. I wasn't surprised to find out this story was originally a play, since the action is so spare so the focus is on Hester and her relationships with the two men in her life and the emotional journey she makes. And the cinematography and set design were beautiful. I loved how the rich, lush interiors were highlighted with just enough warm light to suggest a burning passion stifled.
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