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In the late 19th century, Tess Durbeyfield is sent off to visit a rich cousin, Alec D'Urberville, when her parents learn that they are distantly related. Tess takes a disliking to the man and his attempts at seduction are rebuffed. Returning from a village party he forces himself on the innocent girl who eventually makes her way back to her parents' home. Ashamed and pregnant she seems destined to forever being marked a certain kind of woman. After the death of her child, she makes her way to a prosperous farm where, working as a milkmaid, she meets and eventually marries the handsome Angel Clare. On learning of her past however, he abandons her and with little choice and facing a life of extreme hardship, again falls into Alec's clutches and becomes a kept woman. Written by
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Hard to Watch (with constant frustration and anger)
A series that is very hard to watch let alone enjoy.
The social injustices, the criminality, the misfortunes, the stupidity, the callousness, the hatred, the misunderstanding, the selfishness, the vicious ego, the dreadful life... all of these negativity conjured up in me the constant mixed feelings of anger, desperation, depressed, frustration, sadness...
This is not entertainment, but rather a tortuous emotional provoking and roller coaster ride which unfolded screen by screen throughout the series in the worst sense of darkness and tragedy journey all the way to the last screen.
Good cast with fine acting job. Beautiful scenery and very appropriate color tones throughout. So, not all is lost.
Strongly recommended for people who enjoy seeing others suffer in a wretched and miserable life without happy ending. Stay away, otherwise.
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