A romantic drama set in Germany just before WWI and centered on a married woman who falls in love with her husband's protégé. Separated first by duties and then by the war, they pledge their devotion to one another.
In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor.
The Newlyn School of artists flourished at the beginning of the 20th Century and the film focuses on the wild and bohemian Lamorna Group, which included Alfred Munnings and Laura and Harold Knight. The incendiary anti-Modernist Munnings, now regarded as one of Britain's most sought-after artists, is at the centre of the complex love triangle, involving aspiring artist Florence Carter-Wood and Gilbert Evans, the land agent in charge of the Lamorna Valley estate. True - and deeply moving - the story is played out against the timeless beauty of the Cornish coast, in the approaching shadow of The Great War. Written by
The only saving grace was the coastal scenery in this tedious film. The main characters are not convincing and I was left with the feeling that I had learned very little about the artists group and their work. In addition I do like much of Munnings work but now will have to shed Dominic' theatrical poetry recitals when focusing on a painting. Added to the Sunday evening drama style and the theatrical music it was a mix that led us to leave the cinema before the end as we really did not care what happened to any of the characters. A waste of a sunny Friday evening. However as an advert for Cornish tourism it worked a treat. I must remember to read more reviews before going to a film rather than after.
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