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The kids are not all right in “The Here After,” a cold, controlled, minimalist drama about the aftermath of a crime committed by a teen in contempo rural Sweden. Mirroring the milieu of his tale, where repressed emotions eventually run amok, Sweden-born, Poland-trained helmer-writer Magnus von Horn withholds traditionally expected narrative information, revealing only gradually the reason for the locals’ hostility toward his protagonist, thus making spoilers an inevitable part of any synopsis. This style of storytelling will not be to all tastes, but the pic should serve as a calling card for fests on the lookout for new talent.
The action kicks off as John (Ulrik Munther) leaves an unidentified, locked-down institution in the company of his controlling father (Mats Blomgren). Back at the family farm, John wrestles with young brother Filip (a winning Alexander Nordgren) and helps with chores. But there’s no discussion of where he has been, »
- Alissa Simon
Thomas Vinterberg was a Palme d'Or contender, and an Oscar nominee, for 2012's "The Hunt," which won Mads Mikkelsen Cannes' Best Actor prize. After "Far From the Madding Crowd," the Dogme 95 pioneer turned humanist filmmaker returns to his Danish-language roots with "The Commune." Shot in Denmark and Sweden last Fall, this 1970s-set period piece turns on Erik (Ulrich Thomsen, star of Vinterberg's shrieking "The Celebration") and Anna (Trine Dyrholm), a young academic couple who move into a Danish commune with their daughter — all is sweet serenity until Erik's younger lover is invited to join them. From the looks of it, this film co-written by fellow Dane Tobias Lindholm (who wrote "The Hunt" and directed 2012's intense "A Hijacking") also brings Vinterberg back to the kind of complicated group dynamics that made "The Hunt" and "The Celebration" so compelling. According to THR, "The Commune" »
- Ryan Lattanzio
★★★★☆ Thomas Hardy gets a hearty update in the newest adaptation of Far From the Madding Crowd (2015). A faithful adaptation of Hardy's most notable work, this is a film built on realism, bringing the farmlands and estates of Dorset to life in the richest of Victorian palettes. Director Thomas Vinterberg, fresh from the success of quiet Danish thriller The Hunt (2012), and screenwriter David Nicholls have created a period drama centred, appropriately, on a cast of endearing but fallible characters that bring freshness to a classic story. Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) has grown up on her own. Despite being in the care of relatives, she has formed her own opinions of the world, choosing independence over tradition.
- CineVue UK
Just the most recent adaptation of Thomas Hardy's romance novel, director Thomas Vinterberg's Far from the Madding Crowd is a painterly film, every image of it captured and displayed on screen is so rich and neatly framed, colors vibrant, landscapes captivatingly photographed. I don't know much about the technical craft of shooting a film but this new take on the story results in a very appealing picture to look at from its first frame to its last. Unfortunately, the film's beauty is too often found on the surface and not beneath it, a polished veneer without the underlying heart to fully sustain it. Based on Hardy's Brit-lit classic, Far from the Madding Crowd is set during the late 1800s, a time when men ran everything. Err, almost everything. Enter Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), a successful, headstrong woman and the sole heir to one of the largest farms in the region, »
- Jordan Benesh
Listing the Coen Brothers, Spike Jonze, and Paul Thomas Anderson as her Bucket List of directors with whom to work, Juno Temple’s film choices are best described as eclectic. The daughter of rock and roll filmmaker Julien Temple, Juno had a creative, rebellious spirit instilled in her at an early age, and her career has reflected that greatly.
Starring opposite Matthew McConaughey in Killer Joe and Daniel Radcliffe in Horns, she’s never been one to back away from darker roles. On the other hand, she’s also completely willing to play dress-up every once and a while. You may remember her as a fairy in Maleficent or as Queen Anne, dripping in pearls and lace, in Paul W. S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers.
- Sasha James
Carey Mulligan proves that she can carry a movie as the incandescent and powerful Bathsheba in "The Hunt" director Thomas Vinterberg's gorgeous realization of the Thomas Hardy classic "Far from the Madding Crowd," now in theaters. We also discuss Robert Downey Jr.'s recent take down of indie film. Read More: How They Did It: Bringing the Hardy Atmosphere to "Far From the Madding Crowd" »
- Anne Thompson
There aren't a lot of interesting movies hitting theaters this May. Heck, there aren't a lot of movies, period, hitting theaters this May. Sure, one title that will soon be crowned one of the biggest of all-time -- you know the one of which I speak -- after it bowed late last night to the tune of $27.6 million. Who knows, it could very well be the case that several of you read this article while you're standing in line to see the-movie-that-shall-not-be-named-until-page-two. And if that's the case, I urge you to share this with your cohorts, all those people standing around you looking for something to do until the movie finally (Finally!) starts. Do it now, don't worry, I'll wait. But back to what I was saying... Outside of a handful of blockbusters, there just isn't a lot on the release slate for the coming month. It's slim pickings, y'all! »
- Jordan Benesh
It’s hard to believe that a 2015 screen adaptation of an 1874 Thomas Hardy novel could be even stodgier than the 1967 movie version, but director Thomas Vinterberg‘s take on “Far From the Madding Crowd” accomplishes just that. It’s not just that Vinterberg’s work here pales next to the admittedly flawed John Schlesinger film; anyone watching this prosaic, “Masterpiece Classic”-friendly movie would be hard-pressed to connect it to the firebrand filmmaker behind the revolutionary 1998 drama “The Celebration.” Alternating between character close-ups and pastoral shots of the British countryside (courtesy of cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen, “The Hunt”) and scored to. »
- Alonso Duralde
The May 1 release of Avengers: Age of Ultron marks the "official" start of the 2015 Summer Movie Season and with that in mind, it's only appropriate to offer up a look forward at what's ahead over the next four months. What is ahead over the next four monthsc Well, a lot of movies that cost a lot of money with a few smaller features mixed in for good measure, and as much as some of us may lament the fact studios have become so franchise focused, it's hard not to admit a desire to see some of these bigger features. As a means of whittling down the flock of films arriving over the next several months I've chosen to take a look at my 20 most anticipated, which does mean there are bound to be some titles I probably ought to mention, but didn't make the list for a variety of reasons. »
- Brad Brevet
Ridiculously romantic in all the best ways, and more modern, more progressive, and even just plain more grownup that half the movies thrown at us today. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast; desperate for stories about women
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have read the source material (but not since high school and have no strong memory of it)
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
The novel it’s based on is a century and a half old, and it opens with a mad-sheepdog accident, of all the crazy rural old-fashioned things, but this new cinematic adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd is more modern, more progressive, and even just plain more grownup that half the movies thrown at us in our stodgy convention-bound movie landscape. And it’s not always modern in positive ways! The challenges faced by »
- MaryAnn Johanson
I was never a fan of John Schlesinger’s overblown and undercooked 1967 screen version of Thomas Hardy’s Far From The Madding Crowd, which starred Julie Christie. Thankfully, as I say in my video review above, the new version from Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt) gets it absolutely right. Working in the English language, Vinterberg emphasizes the vulnerability, passions and resolve of Hardy’s characters rather than the still-life version tried by Schlesinger, a… »
Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) may be looking for love in the 19th century, but Thomas Vinterberg’s (The Hunt) adaptation of the classic Thomas Hardy novel Far from the Madding Crowd still feels surprisingly relevant. Bathsheba is an independent, career driven woman who suddenly finds herself with three men vying for her hand in marriage, a sheep farmer (Matthias Schoenaerts), a cocky solider (Tom Sturridge) and a wealthy farm owner (Michael Sheen). All three have pros and cons so while in New York City promoting the upcoming release, I opted to find out how Schoenaerts and Sheen would sell Mr. Oak and Boldwood in modern times - by creating an online dating profile. Find out what they said and what Mulligan thinks Bathsheba should have on her own page in the video below, and be sure to keep an eye out for my full interviews with all three as we »
- Perri Nemiroff
It’s All About Love: Vinterberg Revamps Hardy’s Classic Romance
Inevitably, we would have seen some filmmaker tackle a revamp of Thomas Hardy’s classic 1874 novel Far From the Madding Crowd, so it’s mostly surprising to note that it wasn’t Michael Winterbottom, who has made several Hardy adaptations since the 1990s. Instead, Danish director Thomas Vinterberg takes the reins from director John Schlesinger, who previously held credit for a famous 1967 adaptation starring Julie Christie, with Terence Stamp, Peter Finch and Alan Bates as the trio of suitors (and let’s not forget to mention a modern reimagining of this novel, the comic strip serial Tamara Drewe, made into a film by Stephen Frears in 2010). Curiously, this is Vinterberg’s follow-up to his 2012 critically acclaimed title The Hunt, which won Mads Mikkelsen Best Actor at Cannes and received an Oscar nod for Best Foreign Language Film, making »
- Nicholas Bell
Carey Mulligan proves that she can carry a movie as the incandescent and powerful Bathsheba in "The Hunt" director Thomas Vinterberg's gorgeous realization of the Thomas Hardy classic "Far from the Madding Crowd." Julie Christie played the role at the height of her powers in John Schlesinger's stormy 1967 romance. Casting is everything in this movie. Rising Belgian star Matthias Schoenaerts ("Rust and Bone") shares real chemistry with Mulligan as the stalwart and loving salt of the earth once played by Alan Bates. We're rooting for him, while Michael Sheen ("Masters of Sex") is the more mature hapless gentleman neighbor who proposes marriage (Peter Finch). The weakest link is young Tom Sturridge ("On the Road") as the rakish sergeant (Terence Stamp) who sweeps Bathsheba off her feet, which is hard to believe. The movie already opened in Vinterberg's native Denmark and some other territories, hence the early trade reviews below. »
- Anne Thompson
Variety has published its annual list of "10 Cinematographers to Watch." The list is heavily indie-focused, highlighting DPs who have earned kudos for their work on low-budget projects for indie breakouts such as Ryan Coogler, Damien Chazelle, Diane Bell, Eliza Hittman, David and Nathan Zellner, Thomas Vinterberg, J.C. Candor, Ava DuVernay and others. Read More: Bradford Young on How He Became One of the Busiest Cinematographers Working Today See the full list below (along with some of their most noteworthy credits) in the order listed by Variety: Jarin Blaschke (Robert Egger's "The Witch") Martin Ahlgren ("House of Cards") Zak Mulligan (Diane Bell's "Obselidia") Charlotte Bruus Christensen (Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt") Sharone Meir (Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash") Radium Cheung (Sean Baker's "Tangerine," J.C. Chandor's "All Is Lost") Rachel Morrison (Ryan Coogler's "Fruitvale »
- Paula Bernstein
Thomas Vinterberg, director of the Danish Oscar Nominated drama The Hunt, brings Thomas Harding's classic novel Far From The Madding Crowd, with Carey Mulligan leading the cast as the headstrong Bathsheba Everdene. Two new clips have come our way, giving us a great look at what to expect when the romantic drama hits our screen next month. Released: 1st May Synopsis: Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, Far From The Madding Crowd is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching wilfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Corsets, autumnal cinematography and literary romance are not the usual ingredients of summer movies, but "Far From The Madding Crowd" might serve as a nice counterweight to the usual nachos-and-oversized-soda fare. And today comes a new clip from the film. Based on the book by Thomas Hardy and directed by Thomas Vinterberg ("The Hunt," "The Celebration"), the story follows three very different men who vie for the hand of the beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan). And in this clip, you'll see the sheep farmer Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts) make his bid for marriage. Watch it below along with a new TV spot, and a UK one sheet via Recent Movie Posters. "Far From The Madding Crowd" opens on May 1st. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
When Thomas Hardy named his fourth novel “Far From the Madding Crowd” in 1874, he almost certainly meant the title ironically — a riposte to the notion that the rural folk of his beloved English countryside somehow led simpler lives, less tempest-tossed by desire, than their urban counterparts. But you could almost mistake Hardy for a literalist on the basis of Thomas Vinterberg’s calm, stately new film version — the fourth official filming of the novel (which first reached the screen as a 1915 silent), and a perfectly respectable, but never particularly stirring, night at the movies. Probably the Danish Vinterberg’s most accomplished foray into English-language filmmaking (after the gun-control allegory “Dear Wendy” and the futuristic Joaquin Phoenix-Claire Danes romance “It’s All About Love”), this pared-down if generally faithful adaptation benefits from a solid cast and impeccable production values, though the passions that drive Hardy’s characters remain more stated than truly felt. »
- Scott Foundas
After his Academy Award nominated film The Hunt (starring Mads Mikkelsen), Danish director Thomas Vinterberg adapted Thomas Hardy’s classic love story Far From The Madding Crowd for the big screen. Grammy award-winning composer Craig Armstrong was enlisted to compose the score for the film.
In this eagerly awaited drama, Vinterberg has brought together a first class cast, including Academy Award nominee Carey Mulligan (Never Let Me Go, An Education, Drive), Golden Globe nominee Michael Sheen (Kingdom of Heaven, Midnight in Paris, Frost/Nixon), Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone, Bullhead) and Tom Sturridge (On The Road).
The film will be in theaters on May 1, 2015.
Far From The Madding Crowd tells the story of independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, »
- Michelle McCue
Developed and penned by Søren Sveistrup, the creator and co-scribe of hit shows like “The Killing,” the 1960s-set ‘The Day Will Come” centers around two young brothers who are locked in a boy’s home forgotten by time and engage in a frightening battle against the tyrannical Headmaster Heck to set themselves free.
“The Day Will Come,” which sales house Trust Nordisk describes as a moving and poetic drama, stars Lars Mikkelsen (“House of Cards,” “The Killing”), Sofie Gråbøl (“The Killing”), Lars Ranthe (“The Hunt”), Sonja Richter (“The Homesman”) and David Dencik (“A Royal Affair”).
Pic is directed by Jesper W. Nielsen, who previously helmed the critically acclaimed Danish bittersweet comedy “Okay,” a Locarno-competiting movie that won the C.I.C.A.E. award (special mention) in 2002 and earned its star, »
- Elsa Keslassy
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