Pascal Greggory made his film debut in this marvelously atmospheric literary biopic of the Brontë siblings as the tragic figure Branwell Brontë, the drug-addicted brother to the illustrious sisters played by a power trio of Isabelle Huppert, Isabelle Adjani, and Marie-France Pisier. Director André Téchiné showcases admirable restraint as he focuses on all four siblings’ artistic struggles while conveying a bone-chilling sense of the windswept landscape that inspired their work. The great French critic and theorist Roland Barthes makes his only on-screen appearance as the Brontës’ contemporary, novelist William Makepeace Thackeray.
Dir. André Téchiné, 1979, 120 min
With Isabelle Adjani, Marie-France Pisier,
Isabelle Huppert, and Pascal Greggory
In French with English subtitles