FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD – Review by Erica Abeel

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Far from the Madding Crowd, a new film adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s beloved classic, works its magic on multiple fronts. Helmed by Danish Thomas Vinterberg, it’s one of those escapist movies with a great romantic sweep, set among the lime-green hills of Dorset (which Hardy famously named Wessex). By exalting such old-school values as steadfastness and goodness, it offers the perfect antidote to the prevailing cynicism. Read more…

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Erica Abeel

Erica Abeel writes film features and reviews for indieWIRE.com, Filmmaker Magazine, IFC.com, and Film Journal. She is the author of five books, including the novel, Women Like Us, which was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. Her newest novel, Conscience Point, was published in fall 2008.