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Tess

Director: Roman Polanski

France/ UK| 1979. 190mins


Roman Polanski’s romantic drama, which has been beautifully adapted from Thomas Hardy’s novel Tess, tells us of a story about a young strong-willed peasant girl who becomes the affection of two men, in the end tragically falling into the arms of one.
A rural clergyman in 19th century England tells Durbeyfield, a simple farmer, that he is descended from the illustrious d’Urberville family — now extinct. Or maybe not. Durbeyfield sends his daughter Tess to check on a family named d’Uberville living in a manor house less than a day’s carriage ride away. Alec d’Urberville is delighted to meet his beautiful cousin and seduces her with strawberries and roses. Tess too takes up the game of illusion when she finds, loses and finds again her true love Angel.

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