Pasatiempo - - Moving Images -

Posy Sim­monds’ pop­u­lar graphic novel is loosely based on Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd. Di­rec­tor Stephen Frears’ movie takes the Sim­monds work and fleshes it out with pitch-per­fect cast­ing and plenty of hu­mor — light and dark. The ti­tle char­ac­ter (played by for­mer Bond girl Gemma Arter­ton) re­turns to her home­town with a nose job that has trans­formed her into drop-dead gor­geous, and things there will never be the same. Rated R. 107 min­utes. Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)

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