WIDE SARGASSO SEA is adapted from Jean Rhys' intriguing speculative "prequel" to Charlotte Bronte's JANE EYRE, in which Rhys traces the early life of the "madwoman in the attic" of Bronte's gothic classic. Director John Duigan (SIRENS, FLIRTING) has added enough steamy sensuality to his
screen version to earn the film an NC-17 rating, but fails to evoke the dark, disorienting power of Rhys' novel.
Model Karina Lombard (THE FIRM) plays Antoinette Cosway, a Jamaican Creole descended from pirates and slave traders. When some vengeful ex-slaves burn down her family's estate, her unstable mother (Rachel Ward) descends into madness and alcoholism, after also being a...