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FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD

Rated 4 out of 5

CAREY MULLIGAN, MICHAEL SHEEN, TOM STURRIDGE

Thomas Vinterberg’s Far From the Madding Crowd takes us back to Victorian England, where Carey Mulligan’s Bathsheba Everdene stands strong against the lure of three different suitors and the threat of relinquished independence. This adaptation of a Thomas Hardy classic has been given the dark romantic treatment, with grand sweeping shots of rolling landscapes and formidable weather, with themes of love bubbling lustily throughout, all bathed in a golden light. Vintergberg has assembled a platinum cast, too: Mulligan is stoic and strong-willed as Everdene; Matthias Schoenaerts’ Gabriel Oak is a silent yet robust beast; Michael Sheen draws out audience pity as the rich but lonely Boldwood and Sturridge’s recklessly charismatic soldier charms his way into your affections. Each are solid components of a beautiful piece of cinema, with grit and power in equal measure.

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