It was not an easy time to be poor, especially if your parents used you as a path for their own fulfillment and gain. Probably just as true now, so this story still resonates. But it's mostly dark and sad, so don't expect a "happy Hallmark" story line. Well acted and strong characters. Worth watching, but not exactly entertaining.
This was a wonderful adaptation of Hardy's novel. It was 4 hrs long (divided into separate episodes) but well worth the watch. It helped me understand the novel and was very accurate in depicting the scenes in the book. The 1979 version is an alternative (~3hrs) but I liked the 2008 version more, as it encompassed more scenes from the book.
This is a truly heart wrenching adaptation of Hardy's fascinating novel. Gemma Arterton is the perfect Tess; Hans Matheson is an appropriately disturbing, violent Alec D'Urberville; Eddie Remayne is good as Angel Clare (although I prefer the actor from the A & E production of _Tess_); the actors who portray the supporting characters are wonderful.
The score is haunting and moving as well.
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