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
In addition to being loosely based on a novel by Thomas Hardy, including a character who is writing a book about Hardy, and having a photograph of Hardy prominently displayed in one scene, the location filming was done in Dorset, where most of Hardy's novels are set - "Wessex" being a thinly fictionalized Dorset. The small ad for the writers' retreat that appears at the beginning of the film is also headed with the title of the novel: "Far from the Madding Crowd". See more »
When the two schoolgirls enter Tamara's house using the key under the flowerpot, they leave it in the front door. Yet when Tamara returns to the house a short while later, she is seen getting her own keys out as she walks up the path, and entering the house with them, the first key seemingly gone. See more »
The UK version is edited to obtain a 15 rating, and these changes appear to have been incorporated into all release prints (aside from the French versions mentioned above). Two uses of the 'c' word were removed outright to avoid an 18 rating, leaving only one mouthed use of the word, which was obscured by a sound effect. See more »
Tamara Drewe is a truly, amazingly, English film. Not only does it create the claustrophobic small town atmosphere that is the essence of rural English life, it also weaves in Hardy's romantic "Wessex" and paints characters of quiet depth, and shallow loudness, that define the art of literature at its peak.
Incredibly understated yet poignant, humorous and, at times, awkwardly true, to frame what might at first glance seem to be an easy yarn, but has enough depth to keep one wondering as to the true purposes of its varied characters.
This film will undoubtedly become, if it is not already, a cult movie. I grew up in Dorset and I have to say that stories and films set in the rolling English countryside are just so quintessentially English that they define Englishness in a way no urban setting could possibly replicate.
This film captures that Englishness in spades, but it does so much more besides. Having pilloried Gemma Arterton's performance in "Prince of Persia" I salute her as a particularly effective English Rose in "Tamara Drewe". You can take the girl out of the county, but you can't take the county out of the girl.
Thomas Hardy meets a rock chick, D H Lawrence's gardening lover (though more of a "handyman" here) meets the local barmaid (and she's no lady) and Midsomer Murders (admittedly without the murders) meets Hollywood.
What more could one ask of a fine, distinguished and very English film?
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