Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, the film is 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.
A painterly movie with stunning cinematography, ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’ stays faithful to the novel. The story of manners and class distinctions is told with director Thomas Vinterberg’s focus on environments and costumes. Buoyed by the chemistry between its leads and the genuine feelings that they manage to convey, this is pastoral life as you like to see it on the screen. It’s an adult rebuttal to so-called modern romances like Twilight which are aimed squarely at American teenagers and unrealistically dictate women’s unflinching loyalty and debt to men.
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Venue: William Loveless Hall