(2015) (Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Romantic Drama: An independent nineteenth century woman must contend with three distinct suitors who've all expressed a desire to marry her.
- It's 1870 and Bathsheba Everdene (CAREY MULLIGAN) is a fiercely independent young woman, the result of having lost her parents at a young age. Now living several hundred miles outside of London on her aunt's farm, she meets handsome shepherd Gabriel Oak (MATTHIAS SCHOENAERTS) who owns a few hundred acres of land nearby. Quickly smitten, he proposes marriage, but despite his offer and seeming like a decent man, she turns him down.
Not long after that, a new sheepdog literally ends up driving his herd off the edge of a cliff, resulting in him having to sell his land and leave. When he comes across a barn on fire and helps put it out, he's surprised to see that it belongs to none other than Bathsheba who's recently inherited the large estate from her uncle.
With the help of her assistant, Liddy (JESSICA BARDEN), she's hoping to whip the place back into operational shape, and hires Gabriel to be her shepherd. He's given up any hope of winning over her heart, but she has a new suitor anyway in the form of William Boldwood (MICHAEL SHEEN) who owns a nearby large estate and like his predecessor, is instantly smitten with his new neighbor.
Despite his handsome offer of a good and comfortable life with him through marriage, Bathsheba likewise declines his proposal, only to find herself smitten with a new man in her life, soldier Sgt. Frank Troy (TOM STURRIDGE). Having believed he was jilted at the altar by his then love -- Fanny Robin (JUNO TEMPLE), who once worked on Bathsheba's farm under her uncle -- he's also instantly attracted to her. With so many men in her life interested in marrying her, Bathsheba must decide who to choose, if any, among them.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Those who are fans of Thomas Hardy's novel, romantic dramas set centuries ago, and/or anyone in the cast might be interested.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For some sexuality and violence.
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