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Three times Academy Award winning film based on the classic Thomas Hardy novel. Set in 19th Century England where a peasant discovers that his family are descendants from a noble family, the d'Urbervilles. He sends his daughter Tess to live with a rich cousin, Alec d'Urberville. She has a baby by him but it dies in infancy. Tess then runs away and on the way meets a pastor's son, Angel, with whom she falls in love and marries. When she tells Angel about her past he is unable to forgive and goes off to Brazil. Tess then goes back to Alec. But when Angel returns home, Tess kills her lover, Alec, in order to be with the only man she has ever loved, Angel.
Roman Polanski adapted Thomas Hardy's novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles and came up with this moody, haunting film starring Nastassia Kinski as the farm girl who is misused by the aristocrat for whom she works and who is then caught in a marriage where her initial happiness soon turns to grief. Fans of the novel may feel unpersuaded by Polanski's effort to marry Hardy's Dorset vision with his own fascination with psychosexual impulses toward survival, but the film is an often stunning thing to see, and Kinski's sensitive, intelligent performance lingers in the memory. --Tom Keogh
My all time favourite film. I loved the book, and this beautiful atmospheric film, brings Hardy's words alive.Published 1 month ago by Bookworm
Sublime cinematography, a haunting and tragic story and excellent casting and direction. It's hard to imagine a finer adaptation. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lee09
I am not sure what Polanski intended with this film.Yes it is perfectly engaging and the cinematography is beautiful.And yet somehow there is no real emotion in it, no pathos. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alina Hardy
A beautiful and lovely but very sad film based on Thomas Hardy's greatest novel. This is Roman Polanski's greatest film and a masterpiece. Read morePublished 3 months ago by clive stocks