Thursday, 30 September 2010
Tamara Drewe - film
With a nod to Far From the Madding Crowd, this is an amusing bucolic frolic starring Gemma as a raunchy young journalist returning to the Dorset village of her birth to sell her late mother’s house. Three men fall in love with her, a poor but handsome handyman (Gabriel Oak obviously), a rock drummer (Sgt Troy) – the third bloke bears no resemblance to Mr Boldwood, as you will see. The film is partly stolen by two appallingly behaved bored schoolgirls, one of whom is ‘in love with’ the rock star. Much bad language and plenty of rumpy pumpy but not too graphic. The Telegraph found a moral vacuum in the film but the Guardian and Indy enjoyed it. I agree with both viewpoints. Downtrodden Tamsin’s faithless husband is a smugly successful crime author and she runs a writers’ retreat in their idyllic farm, providing endless opportunity for satire. I gather it is an adaptation of the cartoon-novel of the same name by Posy Simmonds. Lovely scenery, witty comedy with some tragedy, worth seeing or wait for the DVD.