Jude

1996, Movie, R, 123 mins

Jude
Director Michael Winterbottom and screenwriter Hossein Amini's version of the Thomas Hardy gut-wrencher Jude the Obscure is bristling, muscular Victorian noir. Of the scant handful of previous Hardy adaptations, none can match its intensity. Far from another genteel, Emma Thompson country-house tour, it's scabrous, passionate and dark, a grim romance set amid the perpetually unfortunate English farming classes. Christopher Eccleston (SHALLOW GRAVE's angel-of-death accountant) plays Jude, a freethinking, would-be schoolteacher trying to rise above his scrubby roots and never quite succeeding. The movie's secret weapon, though, is Kate Winslet: As Jude's cousi...
Released: 1996 Rated: R Length: 123 mins

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