Gabriel Oak is a young shepherd. With the savings of a frugal life, and a loan, he has leased and stocked a sheep farm. He falls in love with a newcomer six years his junior, Bathsheba Everdene, a proud beauty who arrives to live with her aunt, Mrs. Hurst. Over time, Bathsheba and Gabriel grow to like each other well enough, and Bathsheba even saves his life once. However, when he makes her an unadorned offer of marriage, she refuses; she values her independence too much, and him too little. Feeling betrayed and embarrassed, Gabriel offers blunt protestations that only foster her haughtiness. After a few days, she moves to Weatherbury, a village some miles off.
When next they meet, their circumstances have changed drastically. An inexperienced new sheepdog drives Gabriel’s flock over a cliff, ruining him. After selling off everything of value, he manages to settle all his debts but emerges penniless. He seeks employment at a hiring fair in the town of Casterbridge. When he finds none, he heads to another such fair in Shottsford, a town about ten miles from Weatherbury. On the way, he happens upon a dangerous fire on a farm and leads the bystanders in putting it out. When the veiled owner comes to thank him, he asks if she needs a shepherd. She uncovers her face and reveals herself to be none other than Bathsheba. She has recently inherited her uncle’s estate and is now wealthy. Though somewhat uncomfortable, she employs him.
Far from the Madding Crowd is a British romantic drama film directed by Thomas Vinterberg and starring Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge, and Juno Temple. It is an adaptation of the 1874 novel of the same name by Thomas Hardy, the fourth time this novel became a film.
Far from the Madding Crowd
Directed by: Thomas Vinterberg
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Tom Sturridge, Matthias Schoenaerts, Juno Temple, Jessica Barden, Jamie Lee-Hill, Eloise Oliver
Screenplay by: David Nicholls
Production Design by: Kave Quinn
Cinematography by: Charlotte Bruus Christensen
Film Editing by: Claire Simpson
Costume Design by: Janet Patterson
Set Decoration by: Niamh Coulter
Music by: Craig Armstrong
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sexuality and violence.
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release Date: May 1, 2015