This was a wonderful adaptation of Hardy's novel. It was 4 hrs long (divided into separate episodes) but well worth the watch. It helped me understand the novel and was very accurate in depicting the scenes in the book. The 1979 version is an alternative (~3hrs) but I liked the 2008 version more, as it encompassed more scenes from the book.
This is a truly heart wrenching adaptation of Hardy's fascinating novel. Gemma Arterton is the perfect Tess; Hans Matheson is an appropriately disturbing, violent Alec D'Urberville; Eddie Remayne is good as Angel Clare (although I prefer the actor from the A & E production of _Tess_); the actors who portray the supporting characters are wonderful.
The score is haunting and moving as well.
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