Far From The Madding Crowd (2015) Wednesday, 08 April 2020

Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and sex scene.

  • The pitch:

    Unlikely love is Oak-ay.

  • Starring:

    Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge, Juno Temple, Bradley Hall, Hilton McRae, Jessica Barden

  • Directed by:

    Thomas Vinterberg

  • Running time:

    119 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    People are shot, punched, grabbed, drowned (assumed), jailed. Bare-knuckle street fighting. Animals are shot (mostly implied). Animals fall from a high cliff ledge. Screaming, shouting, arguing. Object punched in anger. Armed soldiers. Burning village. Blood/gore: Corpses (human/baby/animal), blood spatter, bloody nose/face/clothing. An animal's side is punctured (medical). Coffin.


    A couple has bedroom sex. Couple between sheets (nudity implied). Kissing, crotch-grabbing. Shirtless men.


    Alcohol (ale, tankards, wine, spirits). Smoking (cigars, pipes). Gambling mentioned.


    Gender stereotypes. Religious references and exclamation.


    Love, labour, independence, class, gender, farming, marriage, suitors, rejection, inheritance, reversal of fortune, being left at the altar, jilted love, crimes of passion, death of a child, propiety, persistence, harvest, shepherding.


    Job loss. Church setting, cemetery. Deceased parents, uncle mentioned. Marriage proposal/rejection. Horses, dogs, goats, sheep, cows, geese, chickens, pheasants, toad, pigeons, snail. Rainbow, lightning, thunder.


    Stately, earthy, full-blooded, lived-in, brutish, realistic, attractive, appealling, involving, well-acted, uncontroversial, classy, faithful, solid, concise, calm, stately, respectable, heartfelt. Solid cast, proud/pained performance by Michael Sheen, vibrant sense of time and place, impeccable period costuming, robust/lustrous production design, transporting cinematography, muddied/weathered sets, sparing score.


    Flawed. Underwritten male characters, Schoenaerts struggles with a West County accent, bland direction, subtextually thin, brisk ending, hackneyed lens flare.

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