This movie is excellent! I enjoyed watching it! The acting was so natural, perfect... after watching this version, I gave the other two versions a try: the BBC one and Nasttasja Kinski's.
I expected too much from Kinski that I must admit I was so very disappointed! BBC's Tess has a too strong personality, too self confident since the beginning that annoys a bit... Alec was not the right choice from my point of view.
Justine Waddell makes of Tess a believable pure, feminine, delicate, still strong girl-woman. Alec and Angel are also beautifully played. You happen to see both sides of the men and you are confronted with complex personalities. I highly recommend this version of TESS!