have you seen this film?
i watched it last night. i recommend it if only for the interiors, craft, art, clothing and the specifics of the bohemian bloomsbury time period. these were all a thrill to see. but i had a hard time relating to emma thompson as carrington.
there is one pivotal scene where carrington is outdoors at night watching the people in her life inside through a series of windows. it was a great scene conceptually and visually but ultimately i couldn't identify with carrington and her feelings. in the scene, she was a lonely observer of her life and i knew intellectually the scene served as a pivotal moment for her but because i didn't feel for her i didn't much care. her character was supposed to be awkward but she played that awkward in a way that left me unsympathetic.
you know what, her hairdo really distracted me and somehow didn't work! i know the real carrington wore her hair that way but somehow on thompson it just felt distracting and wrong to me! oh, what a picky picky i am. i could sense thompson really trying with great effort to inhabit the character.
you'd think i was some sort of film expert, no? ha.
emma thompson if you are reading, please forgive. i go on..