A scarlet bird. You heard me. Her husband Robert Duvall , an older man she has never loved, is set to arrive later. But after his ship is attacked by Indians, he is presumed dead, and Hester feels free to pursue her romance with Dimmesdale, the passionate young clergyman who has been quietly courting her. After sleeping with Dimmesdale only once, Hester gets pregnant and is cast out of society.
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The Scarlet Letter is a film based on the classic novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The story is about the adulterous love between two early Puritans, Hester Prynne, a beautiful free-spirited woman, and her lover, Reverend Dimmsdale, the charismatic religious leader. When she refuses to name the father of her child, she is shunned by the community and forced to wear a red letter "A" on her bodice as a symbol of her sinful act. In the movie version Hester's husband, whom she presumed dead, returns seeking revenge.
Promiscuously twisted is more like it. This film is misguided to the max. High school lit students who are planning to use it like a cinematic set of Cliff Notes, beware. Any resemblance between director Roland Joffe's version of this famous story and Hawthorne's seem pretty accidental.