Wide Sargasso Sea Movie Review
Starlet Karina Lombard was one of those shot-in-the-dark/outta-nowhere actresses (today's example: Kill Bill's Chiaki Kuriyama) who made a splash in a tiny role (she was the island girl who seduced Tom Cruise in The Firm) and subsequently bit off more than she could chew in a lead role. But since Lombard has no discernable acting ability, it's almost painful to watch her try to pull off this romance. Playing a Jamaican landowner in the 1840s, she marries an import Englishman named Rochester (Nathaniel Parker) in order to maintain her status. Too bad her family's a wreck, with a crazy mother locked up in the house. Nevertheless, there's plenty of time for lots of sex -- which originally earned Sargasso an R but got it re-rated as an NC-17 for it's minutely more graphic home video release (which is one minute longer than the R version).
And by the way, the film (and book it is drawn from) is a prequel to Jane Eyre, meant to explain why Rochester has a crazy wife locked away. Sargasso explains that in a straightforward fashion but without a whole lot of drama, focusing instead on the copious sex scenes. When the actors have their clothes on, the movie drags unbearably.