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|Festivale online magazine, February, 1998|
The Woodlanders movie review
Watching The Woodlanders is a step back into rural Victorian England. The local people are not the elegant ball-attendees of Jane Austen, but rather the poor folk who live in tiny huts, timber gatherers and cider-makers and the like, at the mercy of the land-holder's whims.
In The Woodlanders our heroine is bullied into selling her own hair. The lady of the manor
wears the hair of another woman, and takes another woman's husband.
In The Woodlanders our heroine is bullied into selling her own hair. The lady of the manor wears the hair of another woman, and takes another woman's husband.
|Ultimately, we are warned, her greedy taking of this man will be her downfall: "See him as much as you want -- until you wish
you had never known him" the wife tells her.|
Thomas Hardy wrote detailed novels, rich in scenery and human observation. The filmmakers matched his dedication by filming over a period of time to ensure that the scenes were shot in the appropriate seasons. Their attention to detail is like a time capsule, giving us a glance at living conditions and social conditions of a simpler, harder time.
All this care can't stop the film from having a little of the feeling of a condensed novel. I'm not sure how Hardy would feel about their ending.
|by Ali Kayn
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Title: The Woodlanders (1997)
|The Players: Rufus Sewell, Polly Walker, Jodhi May, Tony Haygarth, Cal MacAninch, Emily Woof||Official website|
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