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Far from the Madding Crowd

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Far from the Madding Crowd

Thomas Vinterberg (2015)

113min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Thomas Vinterberg clearly wants you to swoon while watching his spirited yet safe adaptation of Thomas Hardy's classic novel, as the director jettisons boisterous rural colour in favour of something more romantically focused. Carey Mulligan is compelling as Bathsheba Everdene, a woman who inherits a Dorset farm in the 1870s and whose beauty and capability attract the attention of three men: bachelor landowner William Boldwood (Michael Sheen); her devoted employee Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts); and caddish Sergeant Troy (Tom Sturridge) who swoops in to win her affections. The romantic outcome is abundantly clear throughout, with complexity abandoned and meaningful looks constantly exchanged. Furthermore, the conservative approach is surprising given that Dogme 95 pioneer Vinterberg (Festen, The Hunt) is at the helm. Yet the story remains gripping and the cast is wonderful, with Mulligan proving an altogether less tortured Hardy heroine than usual. Charlotte Bruus Christensen's ravishing cinematography leaves the film buffed free of grit, danger, and the sweat and dirt of outdoor toil. Still, by cranking the yearning up to eleven, you may eventually be seduced into submission.

Summary

A headstrong Victorian woman inherits a sheep farm in a remote area of Dorset. She struggles to maintain her independence while being courted by three very different men - a stoic farmer, a dashing, reckless soldier and a lonely older man. Period drama based on Thomas Hardy's novel, starring Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge and Michael Sheen.

Cast & Crew

Bathsheba Everdene Carey Mulligan
Gabriel Oak Matthias Schoenaerts
William Boldwood Michael Sheen
Sergeant Francis Troy Tom Sturridge
Fanny Robin Juno Temple
Liddy Jessica Barden
Jacob Smallbury Hilton McRae
Laban Tall Jamie Hill
Boldwood's butler Richard Dixon
Director Thomas Vinterberg
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 1 May 2015

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