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Jane Eyre is a 1996 that is based on the book Jane Eyre that was written by Emily Bronte. The movie stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, William Hurt, Anna Paquin and Joan Plowright. The movie begins by taking the audience back to Jane’s childhood. The young version of her is portrayed by actress Anna Paquin. Jane Eyre is someone who has truly never had any affection in her life besides her friend Helen who died during an epidemic when she was a young girl. Her parents died when she was a baby and she was cast out from her uncle’s home after he died.

Mrs. Reed placed Jane in a very poorly run boarding school. She stayed there for ten years and eventually became a teacher. She is quite shy and artistic yet dreams of escaping the life she knows in Lowood School. One day, Mrs. Fairfax who runs Thornfield places an ad for a governess. Jane sees the advertisement and responds and is hired for the position.

Jane ends up loving her position as governess to young Adele who is a nine year old French girl who is Mr. Rochester’s ward. A few months into her new position, she unknowingly meets Mr. Rochester when she accidentally spooks his horse while out on a walk. He calls her a witch and goes off on his own. Jane is shocked to know that she is in fact her employer.

Thornfield holds many secrets and Jane and Mr. Rochester develop a close relationship. The two plan to marry but cannot because Richard Mason interrupts the ceremony and states that Mr. Rochester is married to his sister Bertha who is insane.

Jane runs away while Edward Rochester pleads for her to stay. Bertha starts a fire and Jane ends up meeting a man named St.John Rivers. He eventually proposes to her but she refuses and returns to Edward who has been blinded from the fire. The story is a classic romance where two people from opposite sides of the track fall in love.

| 1996 | 1 hr 56 min | 6.8/10
Anna Paquin, Nic Knight, Nicola Howard, Sasha Graff
Franco Zeffirelli

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