Emily - a beautiful biopic about the life of a sensual writer

"Emily" is an amazing biopic about the life of Emily Brontë, Charlotte Brontë's sister and a very talented writer and poet.

It immerses you from the first minutes into the 18th century era with its morals. After all, the 18th century is not only romanticised beautiful dresses, it is also diseases for which no cure has yet been invented, and multiple moral prejudices that dictate how one should act, and the lack of psychological development of even the oldest and wisest members of the family.

The film was released in 2022 and was Frances O'Connor's directorial debut, and starred Emma Mackay in the title role. Emily is the loneliest and most reclusive of the Brontës, and historical documents reveal little about her inner and personal life; the film suggests events that may have led to the creation of her provocative novel Wuthering Heights.
This is England in the 1840s. Emily is upset that her sisters Charlotte and Anne are starting to live their childhood games. She meets William Waitman and is dismissive of him and the way the other ladies bow down to him. Emily finds solace in her similarly dimwitted brother Branwell.

But as Emily grows older, her views change.
What was true and what was not true in this film? What really happened? And what storytelling techniques did the director use to make this film so atmospheric and interesting? Let's find out.

What really happened?
Historians do suggest a romantic connection between William Waitman and one of the Brontë sisters - but with Anne, not Emily as portrayed in the film.

It is implied in the film that Charlotte only began writing seriously after Wuthering Heights became a smash hit and Emily passed away. In reality, Jane Eyre was published a few months before Wuthering Heights and was widely acclaimed.

Emily is not like her feminine sisters Charlotte and Anne, and the villagers openly regard her as "strange" because of her social difficulties and sullenness. Her brother, Branwell, has it even worse: he fails at everything he undertakes, and is considered a disgrace by his father.

So of all the siblings, Emily is closest to Branwell, though everyone else considers him a bad influence.
Emily realises that because of her moodiness and reclusiveness, she is her father's most unloved daughter, especially compared to the proper Lady Charlotte. As befits a biopic about a Gothic writer, the film contains many large-scale shots of the English countryside, sunny hills and moody moors.
The main tropes we can see here are weird girl (Emily) and sexy priest, just like from the TV series "Crap".

Well, of course, secret relationships: despite Branwell's advice to abstain from such relationships, Emily and William begin secretly dating, which is particularly scandalous since he is the vicar of the church where her father works and she is a young lady in Victorian England. Upon Charlotte's return, he abruptly ends their relationship and she becomes desperate.

An interesting fact is that Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Emma McKay are fluent in French, which allows for many scenes in which their characters speak the language. These conversations touch on deep topics such as religious philosophy.