Parker is blackmailed by a native with information about Lombard’s background , which turns out to be news of her supposedly inheriting the madness of her mother.
Their acting is not really up to some dramatic scenes, particularly those in which they may be operating under the influence of voodoo.
Thesping honors go to Robinson as the nanny, who’s sharp tongue perfectly embodies the rebellious nature of the still-subjugated servant population.
Martine Beswicke, herself Jamaican-born, is a treat as Lombard’s loyal aunt, but her character is conveniently written out of most of the film.
The very sexy Rowena King upstages the heroine in several scenes but overplays her role.
Aussie lenser Geoff Burton has done an atmospheric job lensing in Jamaica, buttressed by brief, contrasting scenes in wintry England (executed by Gabriel Beristain). Screenplay, Sharp, Carole Angier, Duigan, based on Jean Rhys' novel.
Varied musical score by Stewart Copeland is valuable in knitting together disparate scenes and especially excels during native dance sequences. Camera (color), Geoff Burton (Jamaica), Gabriel Beristain (U. A Fine Line release of a New Line Cinema presentation of a Laughing Kookaburra production. K.); editors, Anne Goursaud, Jimmy Sandoval; music, Stewart Copeland; production design, Franckie D; art direction, Susan Bolles; set decoration, Ron von Blombert; costume design, Norma Moriceau; sound design (Dolby), Harry Cohen; line producer, Karen Koch; assistant director, Charles Rotheram; 2nd unit director, Sharp. For a full-length summary see: plot summary of Wide Sargasso Sea.NEW YORK — An exotic and erotic melodrama bearing notable literary pedigrees , “Wide Sargasso Sea” is an uneven but ultimately engrossing feature that should provide interesting counterprogramming for New Line’s art house unit Fine Line. Many British projects from Rhys’ other novels have gone unrealized over the past 20 years, including Harold Becker planning “After Leaving Mc Kenzie” and Michael Apted prepping both “Good Morning, Midnight” (to star Glenda Jackson) and “Wide Sargasso Sea” (for French starlet Beatrice Romand).Aussie director John Duigan, best known for his highly personal memoirs “The Year My Voice Broke” and “Flirting,” has finally filmed “Sargasso Sea” with stunning location photography in Jamaica and the north of England, but the editing looks like the film was put through a shredder.At first confusing storyline concerns mad French woman Rachel Ward in Jamaica who marries Englishman Michael York and is subjected to a the trauma of an uprising by ex-slaves at the end of the first reel.