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Posters for this film have just gone up all across London. I was completely oblivious to this film until I saw the posters. But I am very keen to see it because it is based on one of my favourite novels of all time - Tess of the D'Urbervilles (I studied it for A level) - and because both the lead actors (Frieda Pinto and Riz Ahmed) are excellent.
Cut and pasted from Wikipedia:
Trishna is a 2011 British drama film directed by Michael Winterbottom, starring Freida Pinto and Riz Ahmed. The story is an adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles. It is Winterbottom's third Hardy adaptation, after Jude and The Claim. It and was shot in Jaipur and Mumbai, India, in early 2011.
Based on Thomas Hardy's classic novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Trishna tells the story of one woman whose life is destroyed by a combination of love and circumstances. Set in contemporary Rajasthan, Trishna (Freida Pinto) meets a wealthy young British businessman Jay Singh (Riz Ahmed) who has come to India to work in his father's hotel business.
After an accident destroys her father's Jeep, Trishna goes to work for Jay, and they fall in love. But despite their feelings for each other, they cannot escape the conflicting pressures of a rural society which is changing rapidly through industrialisation, urbanisation and, above all, education. Trishna's tragedy is that she is torn between the traditions of her family life and the dreams and ambitions that her education has given her.
Finally, I am highly recommending the book which you can buy here:
Thomas Hardy is my favourite Victorian novelist, even over and above Conan Doyle!