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Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)

Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)

Director Thomas Vinterberg has turned Thomas Hardy's novel of the same title into a film, set in 1870 Victorian England with all its mannered mores of class. Bathsheba Everdene, played by Carey Mulligan, has inherited her uncle's vast but dilapidated farm, and resolves to restore its ruins all by herself. Indeed, she's a sort of proto-feminist with a fiercely independent streak. She works and parties with the farm hands, boasts that she's never been kissed, and insists that she "doesn't need a husband." But in this romantic drama, she must choose between three different suitors — a down scale and rock solid sheep farmer, Gabriel Oak; her older and mega-wealthy bachelor-neighbor William Boldwood; and a dashing but dissolute soldier named Frank Troy. Falling in love serially makes Bathsheba's life very complicated. There's no linear plot here, nor could there be. The setting of the film, on rural English farms 200 miles from London, makes for a good period movie.

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