Joffe had been actively seeking a project with a woman as the central character and took on "The Scarlet Letter" largely to explore Hester's strengths and passions. Upon hearing the news, Hester and Arthur immediately confess their love for each another, which leads to a tempestuous sex scene in Hester's granary. The novel's dignified heroine is given a nude bathing scene and--gasp! Sports April 17, Quiz: Newsletter Sign Up Continue reading the main story Please verify you're not a robot by clicking the box. They manage to keep a straight face, which is more than anyone in the audience will be able to do. I couldn't very well make a film about a couple of characters who stand up for personal freedom and then back away from my own convictions.
The film offers a different ending.
Please upgrade your browser. Culture critic Harold Bloom of Yale University has announced that "Hawthorne would be horrified" by Joffe's version of the story. Hester's daughter Pearl, an important character in the book, has been reduced to virtually nothing here though she is the film's occasional narrator, voiced by Jodhi May. Thank you for subscribing. You may opt-out at any time. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Korea Herald via Hancinema.