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Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 22 May 2015 (USA)
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In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor.

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Thomas Vinterberg

Writers:

Thomas Hardy (based on the novel by), David Nicholls (screenplay by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carey Mulligan ... Bathsheba Everdene
Matthias Schoenaerts ... Gabriel Oak
Tilly Vosburgh Tilly Vosburgh ... Mrs. Hurst
Mark Wingett ... Bailiff #1
Dorian Lough Dorian Lough ... Bailiff #2
Sam Phillips ... Sergeant Doggett
Tom Sturridge ... Sergeant Francis Troy
Juno Temple ... Fanny Robbin
Bradley Hall ... Joseph Poorgrass
Hilton McRae Hilton McRae ... Jacob Smallbury
Jessica Barden ... Liddy
Harry Peacock ... Jan Coggan
Victor McGuire ... Bailiff Pennyways
Michael Sheen ... William Boldwood
Jody Halse Jody Halse ... Farmer Stone
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The story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba's choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love - as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance. Written by Fox Searchlight

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and violence | See all certifications »

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Language:

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Release Date:

22 May 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lejos del mundanal ruido See more »

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Budget:

£12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$164,985, 3 May 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,229,314, 9 August 2015
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Thomas Vinterberg's first period piece. See more »

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In the opening credits it states - Dorset, 200 miles from London. Nowhere in Dorset is that far from London, the furthest distance is about 155 miles, with the location of the book/film being about 130 miles. See more »

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Bathsheba Everdene: [narrating] "Bathsheba Everdene." "Bathsheba." The name has always sounded strange to me. I don't like to hear it said out loud. My parents died when I was very young, so there's no one to ask where it came from. I've grown accustomed to being on my own. Some say even too accustomed. Too independent.
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La Musica Notturna delle Strade di Madrid
Written by Luigi Boccherini (as Boccherini)
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Languid, seductive and strongly feminist retelling of Hardy's epic tale.
4 May 2015 | by markgormanSee all my reviews

"She has done her duty. She has produced the heir, and now, after a respectable gap of 21 months, she has produced a spare. The question now is: will she stop at two?"

These are not the words of a contemporary of Thomas Hardy who set far From The Madding Crowd in 1870's Dorset. No, these are the, slightly paraphrased, words of Valentine Low a correspondent of the London Times commentating on the birth of Prince Charlotte in May 2015.

There's an argument to say that unlike Valentine Low, Thomas Hardy was a man ahead of his time, willing to give female characters in his novels, like Tess, unfashionable strength of character (although some accuse him of misogyny).

In this latest film adaptation it's clear that Thomas Vinterberg is looking to the modern end of this particular spectrum and in casting Carey Mulligan as the film's undoubted hero, Bathsheba Everdene (great name), he's looking to celebrate female characters in a way that quite rarely gets a screen outing.

I personally believe Carey Mulligan is work in progress for one of the all time great female cinema actors and unquestionably this is another CV highlight. And it's obvious that Vintenberg and his cinematographer, Charlotte Bruus Christensen, share my view as the camera literally seduces her from start to finish.

But there's also outstanding male 'eye candy' too in the form of Mathias Schoenaerts as the audience's front runner for the formidable Miss Everdene's hand in marriage

Dreamy. That's the word I'd use to best describe this languid evocation of a time when men were men and women were their compliant concubines - but Miss Everdene is anything but.

By languid, some would say slow and one can't argue with that, because if you're looking for action you've come to the wrong place for that. But for this viewer at least it was simply a gentle and rewarding unveiling of a classic tale with a strong cast Jessica Barden has a sweet supporting role as Miss Everedene's companion, Michael Sheen is brilliant as the bereft suitor Mr Boldwood and Tom Sturridge is suitably creepy as Miss Everdene's ill fated first husband and caddish Sergeant Francis Troy.

So if you're looking for accomplished film making in every single department with a great (but slightly unlikely) story, and you're in no hurry, then this is the movie for you.


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