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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:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Collins-Classics-DUrbervilles-Thomas-Hardy/dp/0007350910/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1330851559&sr=1-2

Thomas Hardy is my favourite Victorian novelist, even over and above Conan Doyle!
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These Winterbottom films have escaped my attention. I read a lot of Thomas Hardy years ago, but have forgotten the details of most of the novels. The Tess adaptation sounds very interesting. Using a modern rural Indian setting could work very well instead of 19th C Wessex. However I am now mostly curious about his older film Jude, starring Christopher Eccleston, with location shooting in Edinburgh, Durham and the Beamish Museum. Bloody hell, David Tennant is also in it! I'm off to Amazon right now... :-))

Thomas Hardy is actually my favourite Victorian novelist, even over and above Conan Doyle. I love all his work but especially The Mayor of Casterbridge, Tess and Jude. I am constantly rereading all three novels over and over and over again. Especially Tess.

I saw "Jude" on the big screen when it was released; the film itself is outstanding and true to the source material. Christopher Eccleston nails the part of Jude. It is powerful, moving and, of course, heart-breaking. But I have to confess I don't remember David Tennant being in it; maybe I need to revisit it!



Edited at 2012-03-03 10:04 pm (UTC)

Given that DT plays 'drunk undergraduate' maybe he isn't very recognisable. :-)) After ordering the dvd I noticed that James Nesbit is also in the film playing a named character. Now I'm worried...

Don't you like James Nesbit then?

To be honest, I don't remember him in it either!

I think I have mentioned before that I find James Nesbit a little scary. Don't think that I will ever be able to bring myself to watch Jekyll. :-))

But he was a darling in Cold Feet!

But, yes, he is massively scary in Jekyll!

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