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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
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.
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
Contains swearing and brief nudity.
DVD and Blu-ray
10 Sep 2010
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