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A young newspaper writer returns to her hometown in the English countryside, where her childhood home is being prepped for sale.
|Crew :||Penny Eyles / Stephen Frears /|
|Cast :||Gemma Arterton Roger Allam Bill Camp Dominic Cooper Jessica Barden|
|Genre :||Comedy Romance|
Love and Scorn in the English Countryside---TAMARA DREWE already had a following from her appearance in the best selling graphic novel by the same name by Posy Simmonds, an so it was probably not too difficult for the talented Stephen Frears to direct a pitch perfect cast to bring the delightful story to the screen. Filled to the brim with excellent actors this strange little story has many levels of meaning, but the main story is very well served.Tamara Drewe (Gemma Arterton) was historically a face to forget in the town of Ewedon, but she leaves for the city and plastic surgery and returns with a new nose and facelift that makes her as attractive as any lass in the town. She plays on the talents of married highly successful crime novelist Nicholas (Roger Allam) to polish her writing skills - the cost is an affair that leaves Nicholas ready to divorce his perfect wife (Tamsin Grieg). She also attracts the interest of her childhood solid friend Andy (Luke Evans) and the rather superficial and silly rock star Ben (Dominic Cooper) and eventually, with the running of interference by two loathsome little girls (Charlotte Christie and Jessica Barden), and it all turns out with many surprises! It is a dissection of relationships a la Thomas Hardy and Frears know how to make it all work very well.It is always a pleasure to be in the company of fine British actors in a lovely English countryside setting and this is no exception. Everyone in the cast is excellent - and it continues to be a pleasure to watch the very talented Dominic Cooper grow in the challenging roles he assumes. There are many reasons to enjoy this film, and among them is the sheer craftsmanship of the British cinema. Grady Harp
Amusing and entertaining---This is pure escapism and the whole cast clearly enjoyed themselves immensely... OK so it's full of stereotypes, says nothing remotely profound about the human condition and the plot is distinctly predictable, but I was left with a smile on my face and a happy feeling at the end when it all turned out OK.Gemma Arterton is always worth a watch and its good to see Tamsin Greig getting a decent part as the downtrodden and long suffering wife. To be honest the excellent ensemble cast never put a foot wrong and the uncredited English countryside with its contradiction of beauty and rural dullness makes a fine back-drop. I never read the Posy Simmonds originals so I care not a jot whether it is true to the serial or not.... this is a fine and entertaining way to spend an evening.The two schoolgirls are terrific and really steal the show....Shame about the dog though......
uninvolving tale of village idiots---The idyllic monotony of a Dorset village is disrupted by the return of Tamara, sporting a re-modelled nose, but unreformed distaste for her home town. Her presence revives long-buried passions for handyman Andy, and minted author of "airport fodder" Nicholas, as well as sparking new intrigue for various other inhabitants of the village, including a blocked American writer, and two bored schoolgirls.So who is the film about? Everybody and nobody: don't be mislead by the title into thinking that Tamara will drive the narrative. She is more 'done to' than 'doing', and that is one of the film's main failings - quite why anyone is doing what they are doing remains a mystery, most of all Tamara. She resists the obvious attraction to Andy in favour of a soiled, sneering, effete drummer, and then tops that in the disgust stakes by shacking up with the repugnant chinny Nicholas. The lack of character development means this fails to function as a drama, and it was not till after the film was over and I took a look at the DVD case that I realised they are pushing this as a 'comedy.' I didn't laugh once.The acting is fairly good and Dorset looks nice. The drummer, two schoolgirls, Nicholas and weekend crime novelists are annoying. Andy and Tamara lack depth and never change. Wife Beth and the American writer have some intrigue to them, but their particular romantic tale gets lost in the rest of the twee village rambunctiousness. This story might function well as a village hall amateur dramatic production, but it isn't cinematic. A surprising mis-fire from Frears.
Heavy-Handed Romance and Comedy by Stephen Frears---The Independent journalist Tamara Drewe (Gemma Arterton) returns to Dorset, Ewedown, to sell the Winnard Farm that belonged to her deceased mother. Her neighbor Beth Hardiment (Tamsin Greig) runs a writers retreat with her unfaithful and womanizer husband Nicholas Hardiment (Roger Allam) that is a successful writer of the adventures of his alter-ego Inchcombe and cheats Beth every now and then with younger women. Tamara was the sweetheart of the handyman Andy Cobb (Luke Evans), whose family owned the Winnard Farm but lost it to Tamara's family, and she sees him, she rekindles her love for him.However, when Tamara travels to interview the unpleasant drummer of the Swipe band Ben Sergeant (Dominic Cooper), he has just found that his girlfriend Fran is having an affair with the other musician Steven Culley and he breaks up with the band. Tamara and Ben have a love affair and Ben moves to Winnard. Meanwhile, Ben's teenager fan Jody Long (Jessica Barden) and her best friend Casey Shaw (Charlotte Christie) that are bored in Ewedown feel happy with the presence of Ben in the village. When Ben proposes Tamara, they travel to London to spend a couple of days in the big city. Meanwhile the jealous Casey breaks in Tamara's house and uses her computer to send an e-mail pretending to be Tamara that will change the lives of the dwellers and end in a tragedy."Tamara Drewe" is a disappointing heavy-handed romance and comedy by Stephen Frears. The story is too dramatic for a black-humor comedy and too silly for a drama. Most of the characters are obnoxious, specially the annoying Casey and Ben. Gemma Arterton is very beautiful and when she appears wearing small short is something very sexy. Roger Allam is absolutely out of her league and it is difficult to accept and understand her love affair with such unpleasant man. In the end, I did not like this film. My vote is five.Title (Brazil): "O Retorno de Tamara" ("The Return of Tamara")
Vacuous---It seems that if you film something in a picture postcard village, throw in a number of clichéd middle class characters [ Such as the devoted wife / serially adulterous husband - fresh young "Tottie"] You don't have to bother with character, plot and what's that other thing called... oh yes drama. Everyone in this movie seems to behave like kids, except of course the kids themselves who try to act like adults. Oh yes very clever. But I didn't really care for any of the characters at all. It's the kind of film that's described as "Gentle Comedy" meaning that you might smile occasionally. So we get a mixture of farce and manners, but in the end it settles for neither. Throw in a comedy nose that looks like it belongs in The League Of Gentlemen and throw away character building moments that should make us care. It's all rather messy.I expect better from Stephen Frears.