A passionate, sensual and very modern version of Thomas Hardy's infamous novel, combining young, upcoming acting talent with recognisable and much-loved faces. When the beautiful and innocent Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D'Urbervilles and seek a portion of their family fortune, meeting the manipulative Alec proves to be her downfall.
A very different man, Angel Clare, seems to offer her love and salvation, but Tess must choose whether to reveal her past or remain silent... Whilst unstintingly gorgeous and romantic, this new adaptation is an intense, moving and provocative depiction of the tragically beautiful story.
A passionate, sensual and very modern version of Thomas Hardy's infamous novel.
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“Being a big fan of the Polanski version, I was pleasantly surprised that a new version with another actress could be so convincing. It didn't make me forget the 1979 version but most certainly deserves its own place among the filmic adaptations. It is also much closer to the original novel - which is not necessarily a virtue in itself (this is a movie, not a book) but a pleasant circumstance. I found Miss Arterton captivating and did enjoy Angel's performance, in spite of some harsh reviews that I've come across. There is just one thing I don't understand. The film was broadcast in HD (I have downloaded a digital recording of one or two fragments). Then why did the BBC release this on DVD? This lavish production with fine cinematography deserves a Blu-ray release as soon as possible.”
From: Hannes Minkema
“I had seen this on BBC one I loved it. I got into it so bad, I tried looking for the film everywhere but nowhere had sold it so I got told to look on the BBC site and I have now found it. Thank you, this is one of the best films I have seen in a long while it touched me so much and Gemma Arterton is a great actress thanks.”
“This is one of the best i've ever seen.Acted by brilliant cast, it lingers for very long in your mind after you've watched it.Highly emotional.. ”