Petals Fall Together
It's been a decade since they escaped their imprisonment in the attic of Foxworth Hall and Cathy along with Christopher are still trying to create some sort of normality. But the siblings are unable to move on from each other and when Cathy ends up in an abusive relationship with a ballet dancer it is Christopher who is there for her. But events end up leading to Cathy to return to Foxworth Hall in order to confront her wicked grandmother and to seduce her mother's husband to get revenge on her and not far being is Christopher who is there to support her no matter what.
Thinking back to growing up in the 70s and 80s I remember the controversy surrounding "The Thorn Birds" although I was young at the time and the controversy was not something I understood. I would expect for those who have read V. C. Andrews' novels probably experienced that same sort of controversial feeling as we have a relationship between brother and sister. But I just don't connect with the story what so ever, I didn't in the first movie and I also didn't in the follow movie to this one. It means that whilst we have this evolution of the story and the closeness of Cathy and Christopher it never feels like more than actors going through their paces.
But the thing is "Petals on the Wind" isn't a bad movie, in truth it is a nicely made TV movie with a style superior to most modern made for TV movie. It even features a better calibre of cast that you would usually see in a TV movie. But it has that feel to it of an adaptation for those who already know the story having read the book and so lacks some of the connectivity you get in a book.
What this all boils down to is that whilst "Petals on the Wind" is not a bad movie it is once again a movie which seems to have been made for who have read the book and know the story rather than those hoping to discover it for the first time on screen.