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Tamara Drewe (2010)

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A young newspaper writer returns to her hometown in the English countryside, where her childhood home is being prepped for sale.

Director:

Stephen Frears

Writers:

Posy Simmonds (graphic novel), Moira Buffini (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gemma Arterton ... Tamara Drewe
Roger Allam ... Nicholas Hardiment
Bill Camp ... Glen McCreavy
Dominic Cooper ... Ben Sergeant
Luke Evans ... Andy Cobb
Tamsin Greig ... Beth Hardiment
Jessica Barden ... Jody Long
Charlotte Christie Charlotte Christie ... Casey Shaw
James Naughtie James Naughtie ... Interviewer
John Bett John Bett ... Diggory
Josie Taylor ... Zoe
Bronagh Gallagher ... Eustacia
Pippa Haywood ... Tess
Susan Wooldridge ... Penny Upminster
Amanda Lawrence ... Mary
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Storyline

The Independent journalist Tamara Drewe returns to Dorset, Ewedown, to sell the Winnard Farm that belonged to her deceased mother. Her neighbor Beth Hardiment runs a writers retreat with her unfaithful and womanizer husband Nicholas Hardiment who is a successful writer of Inchcombe adventures and cheats on Beth every now and then with younger women. Tamara was the sweetheart of the handyman Andy Cobb, whose family owned the Winnard Farm but lost it to Tamara's family, and when she sees him, she rekindles her love for him. However, when Tamara travels to interview the unpleasant drummer of the Swipe band Ben Sergeant, he has just found that his girlfriend Fran is having an affair with the other musician Steven Culley and he breaks up with the band. Tamara and Ben have a love affair and Ben moves to Winnard. Meanwhile, Ben's teenager fan Jody Long and her best friend Casey Shaw who are bored in Ewedown feel happy with the presence of Ben in the village. When Ben proposes to Tamara, they... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A comedy about sex, love and a nose job...

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The movie is based on a graphic novel by Posy Simmonds, which itself is based on a Thomas Hardy novel. See more »

Goofs

When the writers at the writers' retreat are typing their books, their keystrokes obviously have nothing to do with the text that is going through their heads. See more »

Quotes

Tamara Drewe: You know, before I had the nose job I had no problem being taken seriously. Maybe, when they removed that bit of cartilage they pulled out my brain by mistake.
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Alternate Versions

The version of the film released at the Cannes Film Festival 2010 and in France theatrically and on DVD differs from the theatrical version released worldwide. The differences are the changing of a line in a scene between Jody and Casey in Tamara's bedroom as Jody comments on Tamara being "a lucky c***", instead of "a lucky cow", and also with the inclusion of explanatory captions at the close of the film elaborating on events which take place after the film's timeline:
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  • "Hardy's Aphrodite" by Dr. Glen McCreavy MFA, PhD received rave reviews. It only sold 6,002 copies.
  • Tamara Drewe's forthcoming novel (about a writers' retreat) has already been optioned for a movie.
  • After a spell in rehab, Ben Sergeant wrote five tracks for his new album, including stellar hit "Jail-Bait Jody".
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Connections

Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 9 September 2010 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Where Are You Now?
Written by Benjamin Todd and Nathan Cooper
Performed by Swipe
Published by Copyright Control
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Heavy-Handed Romance and Comedy by Stephen Frears
9 August 2011 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The Independent journalist Tamara Drewe (Gemma Arterton) returns to Dorset, Ewedown, to sell the Winnard Farm that belonged to her deceased mother. Her neighbor Beth Hardiment (Tamsin Greig) runs a writers retreat with her unfaithful and womanizer husband Nicholas Hardiment (Roger Allam) that is a successful writer of the adventures of his alter-ego Inchcombe and cheats Beth every now and then with younger women. Tamara was the sweetheart of the handyman Andy Cobb (Luke Evans), whose family owned the Winnard Farm but lost it to Tamara's family, and she sees him, she rekindles her love for him.

However, when Tamara travels to interview the unpleasant drummer of the Swipe band Ben Sergeant (Dominic Cooper), he has just found that his girlfriend Fran is having an affair with the other musician Steven Culley and he breaks up with the band. Tamara and Ben have a love affair and Ben moves to Winnard. Meanwhile, Ben's teenager fan Jody Long (Jessica Barden) and her best friend Casey Shaw (Charlotte Christie) that are bored in Ewedown feel happy with the presence of Ben in the village. When Ben proposes Tamara, they travel to London to spend a couple of days in the big city. Meanwhile the jealous Casey breaks in Tamara's house and uses her computer to send an e-mail pretending to be Tamara that will change the lives of the dwellers and end in a tragedy.

"Tamara Drewe" is a disappointing heavy-handed romance and comedy by Stephen Frears. The story is too dramatic for a black-humor comedy and too silly for a drama. Most of the characters are obnoxious, specially the annoying Casey and Ben. Gemma Arterton is very beautiful and when she appears wearing small short is something very sexy. Roger Allam is absolutely out of her league and it is difficult to accept and understand her love affair with such unpleasant man. In the end, I did not like this film. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "O Retorno de Tamara" ("The Return of Tamara")


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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,604, 10 October 2010

Gross USA:

$560,391

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,037,973
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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