Adventures of the Hardy girls
Tamara Drewe, black comedy from a graphic novel, rated R, Regal DeVargas, 3 chiles Thomas Hardy hasn’t had this much fun in a century. If he ever did. Hardy, who died in 1924, was no paragon of domestic virtue; as revealed in biographical bits and snippets in the latest film from Stephen Frears ( Dangerous Liaisons, High Fidelity, The Queen), he was an adulterer whose eye for young ladies did not age along with the rest of his body. This in itself does not mean he didn’t have fun; but if he did, apparently he did not spread much joy around.
The Hardy novel at issue here is Far From the Madding Crowd, published in 1874 and the one that put the author on the literary map. Tamara Drewe, based on Posy Simmonds’ graphic novel derived from the Hardy book, sets the action in the present, in the bucolic Dorset hamlet of Ewedown, among a gaggle of writers presided over by a bestselling author of detective fiction, Nicholas Hardiment (Roger Allam). Nicholas and his long-suffering wife, Beth (Tamsin Grieg), run a writers’ retreat at their farm. Beth does the work, baking cakes and gathering eggs and nurturing the writers, while Nicholas soaks up their fawning adulation and murmurs self-aggrandizing self-deprecations.
Into this shallow paradise (Ewedown can be read as an anagram of wow, Eden) comes Tamara Drewe (Gemma Arterton), a former local who
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