|Source of story
||The book of the same name by Thomas Hardy
||Apparently the book was intended to shock Victoria readers with veiled sexual references – not really evident in the version, which is the fourth to be brought to the screen.
||Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge, Juno Temple, Michael Sheen, John Neville
||A young headstrong woman inherits a farm from a relative and, amongst others, employs a reliable sheep farmer who is down on his luck. She is romanced by a middle aged and prosperous landowner and an impetuous cavalary sergeant who she marries, but it is a poor match which could end badly. Fortunately both the landowner and the sheep farmer are still on the scene.
||People work in the fields. Business is done in the corn exchange. Parties take place in the big houses. Horses are ridden across the countryside of Dorset and events take place on the beaches of the area. There is some drinking. According to the IMDb content advisory you have to go to the DVD bonus features to get a glimpse of male nudity.
||This was quite well thought of by the critics. I felt that it was just a bit underwhelming; it is all played very straight, the characters playing second fiddle to the delightful Dorset countryside – which played itself. Good Sunday afternoon family viewing.