captured the passion and the essence of this great piece of classic
The performances are authentic and the movie itself is visually
stunning, however, by the end of the movie I left feeling I wanted
more! Although this is a very worthy adaptation, since trying
whittle down so many pages from this classic novel into 2 hour movie
was always going to be a
challenge and scenes that work in a book
have to be left out or combined, I
still felt there was too much of
the more important dialogue missing which made the movie feel a bit too
abrupt. Nonetheless, this is one of the best movie adaptations
on offer as it successfully depicts the novels moody complexity and the
chemistry between the main characters.
by: Cary Fukunaga
Moira Buffini (screenplay)
Charlotte Brontë (novel) Starring: Mia Wasikowska -
Michael Fassbender - Rochester
Judi Dench - Mrs. Fairfax
Jamie Bell - St John Rivers
Sally Hawkins - Mrs. Reed
Holliday Grainger - Diana Rivers
Tamzin Merchant - Mary Rivers
Amelia Clarkson - Young Jane
Craig Roberts - John Reed
Lizzie Hopley - Miss Abbot
Jayne Wisener - Bessie
Su Elliot - Hannah
Freya Wilson - Eliza Reed
Emily Haigh - Georgiana Reed
Simon McBurney - Mr. Brocklehurst
Sandy McDade - Miss Scatcherd
Freya Parks - Helen Burns
Edwina Elek - Miss Temple
Ewart James Walters - John
Georgia Bourke - Leah
Sally Reeve - Martha
Romy Settbon Moore - Adèle Varens
Eglantine Rembauville-Nicolle - Sophie
Imogen Poots - Blanche Ingram
Sophie Ward - Lady Ingram
Harry Lloyd - Richard Mason
Ned Dennehy - Dr. Carter
Joseph Kloska - Clergyman Wood
Ben Roberts - Briggs
[first audible lines; as
St John carries Jane into their home] Diana Rivers:
St John? St John Rivers:
I found her at the door. Mary Rivers:
She's white as death!
Mary Rivers: St
John, we would have stumbled upon her corpse in the morning. And she
would have haunted us for turning her away. St John Rivers: She's
no vagrant. I'm sure of it.
St John Rivers: Ask
her, her name? Mary Rivers: What's
your name? [Jane hears a flashback
of her name] St John Rivers: Tell
us how we may help you. Diana Rivers: Your
Do you know, Janey Eyre, where the wicked go after death? Young Jane:
They go to hell. Mr. Brocklehurst: And
what is hell? Young Jane: A
pit full of fire. Mr. Brocklehurst: Should
you like to fall into this pit and be burned there forever. Young Jane: No,
sir. Mr. Brocklehurst: How
might you avoid it? Young Jane: I
must keep in good health and not die.
Mr. Brocklehurst: What
is her parentage? Mrs. Reed:
She's an orphan. Her mother was my husbands sister. On his deathbed he
exalted me to care for her. I've always treated her as one of my own.
If you accept her at Lowood School, Mr. Brocklehurst, keep a strict eye
on her. She has a heart of spite. And I'm sorry to say that her worst
fault is utter of deceit. Mr. Brocklehurst: You
can rest assured that we shall root out the wickedness in this small
ungrateful plant. Mrs. Reed: And
as for its vacations, it must spend them all at Lowood.
Young Jane: You
said I was a liar. I'm not. If I were, I'd say I loved you. And I
don't. I dislike you as in anybody in the world. People think you are
good, but you are bad and hard hearted. I'll let everyone know what you
have done. Mrs. Reed: Children
must be corrected for their faults. Young Jane: Deceit
is not my fault. Mrs. Reed: But
you are passionate. Young Jane: Uncle
Reed is in heaven. So are my mother and father. They know how you hate
me and wish me dead. They can see! They can see everything you do! And
they will judge you Mrs. Reed. Mrs. Reed: Get
My name is Jane Elliott. St John Rivers: Who
can we send for to help you? Jane Eyre: No
one. I mustn't ever be found.
Mary Rivers: It's
wonderful to see you up Miss Elliott. Last week we thought we'd be
escorting your remains to an unmarked grave. Diana Rivers: She
read The Bride of Lindorf, and suddenly it's all woebegone maidens and
dramatic deaths. Jane Eyre:
I'm sorry to have caused so much trouble. Mary Rivers:
Nonsense. You're the most exciting thing that's happened since St
on the fall of Babylon.
Jane Eyre: I
hope I'll not be eating long at your expense, Mr. Rivers. St John Rivers: Then
tell me where to place you. Jane Eyre: Show
me where to seek work, that is all I ask. Mary Rivers: You're
not fit enough to work. Is she, Di? Diana Rivers: No.
Stay with us.
St John Rivers: This
school you were at, Miss Elliott. This charitable institution, what did
it prepare you for? [Jane has flashback of
being beaten whist at Lowood] St John Rivers: Was
it a thorough education? Jane Eyre: Most
Jane as he's making
her stand on a stool in front of the class] Mr. Brocklehurst: This
is the pedestal of infamy. And you will remain upon it all day long.
You will have neither food nor drink, for you must learn how barren is
the life of a sinner. [addressing the class] Mr. Brocklehurst: Children,
I exalt you to shun her. Exclude her. Shut her out from this day forth.
Withhold the hand of friendship. And deny your love to Jane Eyre, the
Young Jane: How
do you bear being struck? Helen Burns:
Miss Scatcherd hits me to improve me. She's tormented by my faults. Young Jane: If
she hit me, I'd get that birch and break it under her nose. Helen Burns: She'd
find another soon enough. My father used to preach that life's to short
to spend in nursing animosity.
Young Jane: At
my aunts house, I was solitary and despised. She thought I could do
without one bit of love or kindness. Helen Burns: You
are loved. There's an invisible world all around us. A kingdom of
spirits commissioned to guard you, Jane. Do you not see them?
John? Jane Eyre: No.
Mary, please! [gives him the drawing
that Jane has done of him] Mary Rivers: See
how skilled Jane is. [looking at the drawing] St John Rivers: Is
this how you perceive me, Miss Elliott? [Jane does not reply] St John Rivers: Well,
how fierce I am.
[lying in bed next to a
Helen, who is very sick] Young Jane: How
are you? Helen Burns: I'm
happy, Jane. I'm going home. Young Jane: Back
to your father? Helen Burns: I'm
going to God. [Jane starts to cry] Helen Burns: Don't
be sad. You have a passion for living, Jane. And one day you'll come to
the region of bliss.
Helen Burns: Don't
leave me. I like to have you near. Young Jane: I
will not leave you. [Helen kisses Jane's
hand] Young Jane: No
one shall take me from you.
Jane Eyre: Mr.
Rivers, I wondered if you had yet heard of any work I could do? St John Rivers: I
found you a situation sometime ago. But I've delayed telling you
because the work is lowly and I fear you'll scorn it. Jane Eyre: I
shan't mind what I do.
St John Rivers: When
I took over the parish two years ago, it had no school. I opened one
for boys. I now intend to open one for girls. The school mistress will
have a cottage paid for by a benefactors and she'll receive fifteen
pounds a year. You can see how humble, how ignoble it is. Jane Eyre: Mr.
Rivers, thank you. I accept, with all my heart. St John Rivers: But
do you comprehend me? It is a village school. Cottages daughters. What
will you do with all your fine accomplishments? Jane Eyre: I
will save them until they're wanted. They will keep.
[referring to her
cottage] St John Rivers: You
will be quite alone here. Jane Eyre: I'm
not afraid of solitude. This is my first home, where I'm neither
dependent nor subordinate to anyone. Thank you, Mr. St John. St John Rivers: It
is small and plain, as I told you. Jane Eyre: Then
it shall suit me very well.
[meeting Jane for the
first time] Mrs. Fairfax:
How do you do, my dear? Jane Eyre: Are
you Mrs. Fairfax? Mrs. Fairfax: Indeed,
[to Jane after her
arrival at Thornfield
Hall] Mrs. Fairfax: I'm
glad you are come. To be sure, this is a grand old house. But I must
confess that in winter one can feel a little dreary and alone. Leah's a
very nice girl and John and Martha are good people too, but they are
servants. One cannot talk to them on terms of equality.
Jane Eyre: Am
I meeting Miss Fairfax tonight?
Mrs. Fairfax: Who? Jane Eyre: Miss
Fairfax, my pupil. Mrs. Fairfax: Oh,
you mean Miss Varens, Mr. Rochester's Ward. She is to be your pupil. Jane Eyre: Who
is Mr. Rochester? Mrs. Fairfax: Why
the owner of Thornfield! Mr. Edward Fairfax Rochester. Jane Eyre: I
thought Thornfield Hall belonged to you. Mrs. Fairfax: Oh,
bless you, child! What an idea! Me? I'm only the housekeeper. Jane Eyre: Forgive
me. Mrs. Fairfax: There
is a distant connection between Mr. Rochester and me. His mother was a
Fairfax, but I'd never presume on it. Heavens me! Owner of Thornfield!
[to Jane as she's
walking her towards her room] Mrs. Fairfax: We
shall have a cheerful house this winter. With Miss Varens here and with
you. We'll have quite a merry time of it. I'm sure that last winter,
and what a severe one it was. If it didn't rain, it snowed. If it
didn't snow, it blew. I declare, not one soul came to the house from
November to February. When spring finally came, I thought it a great
relief I hadn't gone distracted!
[referring to Thornfield
Hall] Jane Eyre: I
seen such an ancient old house. How beautifully you've preserved it. Mrs. Fairfax: Well,
Mr. Rochester's visits are always unexpected. He doesn't like to arrive
and find everything all swathed up. So I keep it in constant readiness.
[Jane meets Adele for
the first time] Mrs. Fairfax: Will
you ask her about her parents? Mr. Rochester neglected to tell me
anything about her. [Jane turns to Adele and
asks her in French] Jane Eyre: [subtitled] Where
did you live Adele before you came to Thornfield? Adele Varens:[subtitled]
With Mama. But she has gone to the Holy Virgin now.
[in French] Adele Varens:[subtitled] Sophie
there is a woman who walks the halls of this house at night. I have
never seen her, but people say she has hair black as ebony, white skin
like the moon and eyes like sapphires. She can also walk through walls.
They say she comes to suck your blood. Jane Eyre: What
Mrs. Fairfax: It's
a quite life, isn't it? This isolated house. A still doom for a young
woman. Jane Eyre: I
wish a woman could have action in her life, like a man. It agitates me
to pain that the skyline over there is ever our limit. I long sometimes
for a power of vision that would overpass it. If I could behold all I
imagine. I've never seen a city. I've never spoken with men. And I fear
my whole life will pass. Mrs. Fairfax: Now,
exercise and fresh air. Great cures for anything they say. I have some
letters to post. Will you take them?
first meeting with
Rochester after he has fallen off his
Stand back! Jane Eyre: Are
you injured, sir? May I be of some help? Rochester: Where
did you come from? Jane Eyre: Just
below, at Thornfield Hall. I am the governess. I'm on my way to post a
letter, can I fetch someone to help? Rochester: The
governess. You may help me yourself.
[referring to his horse] Rochester: Get
hold of his bridle and lead him to me. [Jane afraid, stares at
him] Rochester: If
you would be so kind. [Jane approaches
reluctantly his horse but his horse becomes agitated] Rochester: It
would be easier to bring me the horse. Come here? [Jane doesn't move] Rochester: I
must beg of you to please come here, Miss Governess.
[after Jane has helped
him and he has gotten back on his horse] Rochester: Make
haste with you letter. Who knows what might lurk in these dark woods. [he turns his horse and
[as Jane returns from
her walk and first encounter with Rochester without realizing who he he
is] Mrs. Fairfax: Mr.
Rochester's here. Jane Eyre: Oh? Mrs. Fairfax: Go
and change your frock. He wishes to meet you. Leah, take her cloak. Jane Eyre: I
have to change? Mrs. Fairfax: I
always dress for the evening when Mr. Rochester is here. Jane Eyre: But
all my dresses are the same. Mrs. Fairfax: Well,
you must have one that's better. He's in a terrible humor. His horse
fell in Haye Lane and his ankle is sprained. His had the doctor this
half hour. Where have you been?
enters the drawing
room where Mr. Rochester is sitting in front of the fire looking at her
drawings] Rochester: Let
her sit. [Jane sits in the chair
opposite to his] Rochester: I've
examined Adele and I find you've taken great pains with her. She's not
bright, she has no talents. Yet in a short time she's improved. Jane Eyre: Thank
you, Mr. Rochester.