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
'Stephen Frears' ( qv) was keen to work with Roger Allam again, having enjoyed directing him four years earlier in The Queen (2006). See more »
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 »
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Everyone asks that. I mean, what do you want me to say? Phil Collins? Animal from The Muppets?
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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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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".
TAMARA DREWE already had a following from her appearance in the best selling graphic novel by the same name by Posy Simmonds, an so it was probably not too difficult for the talented Stephen Frears to direct a pitch perfect cast to bring the delightful story to the screen. Filled to the brim with excellent actors this strange little story has many levels of meaning, but the main story is very well served.
Tamara Drewe (Gemma Arterton) was historically a face to forget in the town of Ewedon, but she leaves for the city and plastic surgery and returns with a new nose and facelift that makes her as attractive as any lass in the town. She plays on the talents of married highly successful crime novelist Nicholas (Roger Allam) to polish her writing skills - the cost is an affair that leaves Nicholas ready to divorce his perfect wife (Tamsin Grieg). She also attracts the interest of her childhood solid friend Andy (Luke Evans) and the rather superficial and silly rock star Ben (Dominic Cooper) and eventually, with the running of interference by two loathsome little girls (Charlotte Christie and Jessica Barden), and it all turns out with many surprises! It is a dissection of relationships a la Thomas Hardy and Frears know how to make it all work very well.
It is always a pleasure to be in the company of fine British actors in a lovely English countryside setting and this is no exception. Everyone in the cast is excellent - and it continues to be a pleasure to watch the very talented Dominic Cooper grow in the challenging roles he assumes. There are many reasons to enjoy this film, and among them is the sheer craftsmanship of the British cinema.
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