Tamara Drewe

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Tamara Drewe

Stephen Frears (2010)

106min
15 Certificate
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Our Score
A sleepy Dorset village becomes a hotbed of scandal after an "It girl" newspaper columnist returns home to set local menfolk's hearts fluttering in this comedy drama adapted from Posy Simmonds's Guardian newspaper cartoon strip. As played by Gemma Arterton, the eponymous Tamara certainly doesn't lack charm, yet somehow the other characters in this ensemble piece prove more emotionally engaging. We really warm to put-upon spouse Beth Hardiment (Tamsin Greig - wonderful) as she endures life with egocentric crime novelist Nicholas (Roger Allam). Then again, we also feel for Andy Cobb (Luke Evans), the farm hand who can't quite forget his teenage romance with Tamara, while the script also makes room for the impish pluck of bored schoolgirl Jody Long (Jessica Barden), and indeed the shambling romantic awakening of American academic Glen McCreavy (Bill Camp - quite a scene-stealer). Director Stephen Frears juggles these various plotlines with assurance, reminding us that beneath the soap opera-style surface there are serious notions about the way celebrity culture makes people feel unhappy with the lives they have. A shame, really, that the title character is perhaps the least interesting, but the spot-on performances still leave us with lots to enjoy.

Summary

A woman returns to the sleepy village where she grew up, having transformed from an awkward teenager to a successful and confident journalist. She instantly becomes the object of obsession for every man in the neighbourhood, while her sex life becomes a source of fascination for two local girls. Comedy based on Posy Simmonds' comic strip, with Gemma Arterton, Dominic Cooper and Tamsin Greig.

Cast & Crew

Tamara Drewe Gemma Arterton
Nicholas Hardiment Roger Allam
Glen McCreavy Bill Camp
Ben Sergeant Dominic Cooper
Andy Cobb Luke Evans
Beth Hardiment Tamsin Greig
Jody Long Jessica Barden
Casey Shaw Charlotte Christie
Interviewer James Naughtie
Diggory John Bett
Zoe Josie Taylor
Eustacia Bronagh Gallagher
Tess Pippa Haywood
Penny Upminster Susan Wooldridge
Mary Amanda Lawrence
Nadia Patel Zahra Ahmadi
Lucetta Cheryl Campbell
Director Stephen Frears
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Momentum Guidance: Contains swearing and brief nudity. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 10 Sep 2010

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