In 1870 Victorian England, an independent and headstrong woman is pursued by three men: a sheep farmer, a Sergeant, and older bachelor. Based on the novel by Thomas Hardy. Starring Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Tilly Vosburgh, Tom Sturridge
This is a beautiful re-telling of a classic. Carey Mulligan plays Bathsheba Everdene, the vivacious, independent woman who struggles with accepting the marriage proposals of her three love interests. She must choose whether she will marry for money, for love, or for intellectual companionship. Bathsheba is a woman who doesn’t know exactly what she wants, but she’s strong and capable against the culture of the times.
Matthias Schoenaerts plays Gabriel Oak, the sheep farmer, a silent and stable man who watches over Bathsheba as she goes from poverty to riches. Their chemistry as they grow in friendship is powerful and his portrayal is near perfect. Tom Sturridge plays the sergeant, whose motives I questioned. Was he in it for love or money? His zest for life rivals that of Mulligan’s. Then, there is Michael Sheen as the mature bachelor, whose infatuation with Bathsheba causes him to unravel in response to her.
All these actors are brilliant, bringing the story to life, enhanced with beautiful cinematography. This film is worth a watch.