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Far from the Madding Crowd

Film

Far from the Madding Crowd

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Mature themes and sex scene

24 Oct - 3 Nov

Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd tells the stirring story of a fiercely independent young woman, Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), and the three markedly different suitors who pursue her: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer who is undaunted by her wilfulness, Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome, feckless sergeant, and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous bachelor of mature years.

  • Hardy’s enduring story is centred on a Victorian-era heroine who, emboldened by unexpected financial autonomy (a status rare for women of the time), refuses to bow to societal pressure to marry until she is good and ready. In exploring the nature of the passions and impulses that motivate Bathsheba’s choices, Danish director Thomas Vinterberg “returns to the themes of innocence and answerability” (Sight and Sound) he also analysed in his recent (Danish-language) contemporary drama, The Hunt.

    In adapting Hardy’s novel, Vinterberg also tackles a period drama for the first time, “with an adaptation of a novel not touched in cinema since 1967…the – until now – definitive screen adaptation [by] John Schlesinger” (Sight and Sound). Where Julie Christie’s Bathsheba memorably affected a winsomeness that is part of Christie’s undeniable charm as a screen presence, Mulligan’s feisty incarnation is rather more prepared to figuratively – and literally – take the reins as (would-be) mistress of her own fate.

    “Fresh, deft and sensitive, Vinterberg’s new adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s rural romance stands apart. He has also made a film that is beautiful to behold...Mulligan is terrific.” - Sight and Sound