Indie Roundup: ‘Jane Eyre,’ ‘Certified Copy’ and ‘Elektra Luxx’

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Jane Eyre Focus Features
Jane Eyre Focus Features

This week's roundup of independent and foreign movies

features an adaptation of a literary classic, the latest work by a cinematic

master, and a flick about an imperiled porn star.

Jane Eyre

There have been 16 silver-screen adaptations of Charlotte

Bronte's beloved novel detailing the weird gothic love affair between the

titular Jane and Mr. Rochester. Director Cary Fukunaga shocked the film world

last year when he announced he was going to helm this latest adaptation. After

all, he was just coming off the critical success of his debut feature,

"Sin Nombre," a gritty drama about Central American immigrants

struggling to make it through Mexico

to America.

But from most accounts, he made the transition from third-world desperation to

Victorian repression with aplomb. Mia Wasikowska — fresh off her success from another, less

faithful literary adaptation ("Alice

in Wonderland") — stars alongside Michael Fassbender.

Certified Copy

Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami was named the most

important film director of the 1990s in two different international critics'

polls. He has won just about every major film festival prize out there. And yet

he's never really received much appreciation in the U.S. His latest movie,

"Certified Copy," is his most accessible movie to date, and it just

might change that. Set against the stunning vistas of Tuscany and starring

opera singer William Shimell and French star Juliette Binoche (who won a top

acting prize at Cannes for this film), "Certified Copy" is a wry tale

about a couple whose relationship is ambiguous: they might have just met or

they might be an old couple pretending that they just met. If you're a fan of

Richard Linklater's "Before Sunset" or the works of Antonioni, this

might be your cup of tea.

Elektra Luxx

"Elektra Luxx" is the sequel to director

Sebastian Gutierrez's SXSW fave "Women in Trouble." That movie was a

low-budget Almodovar-style melodrama featuring a cast of familiar Hollywood faces. This version sees Carla Gugino reprise

her role as a pregnant porn star whose past comes back to haunt her. Emmanuelle

Chriqui, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Malin Akerman, and Josh Brolin also star.

See the trailers to all of these week's movies: