The prolific Michael Winterbottom's Indian-set reworking of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles is lithe, very inventive visually and has a wonderful soundtrack.
It combines an improvisatory, documentary-style feel with real lyricism. Freida Pinto carries it as Trishna, the young woman from a poor rural background who becomes the lover of Anglo-Indian businessman Jay (Riz Ahmed.) We're a long way from Wessex but the transplanting of the tragic Hardy novel is surprisingly effective.
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