Far from the Madding Crowd (12A)
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg.
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge.
Running time 119 minutes
This new film version of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel stars Carey Mulligan as beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene, who attracts three very different suitors: faithful sheep farmer Gabriel Oak (Schoenaerts); Sergeant Troy (Sturridge), a handsome and reckless chancer; and William Boldwood (Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. Stunningly filmed in the verdant English countryside, this story of Bathsheba’s choices explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human qualities of resilience and perseverance. ‘An exquisitely produced period piece’.