• 2012
  • UK
  • 1h 57min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Michael Winterbottom
  • Cast: Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed, Roshan Seth
  • Language: English and Hindi
  • UK release: 9 March 2012

A transposition of Tess of the D'Urbervilles to modern-day India. Trishna (Pinto) falls in love with wealthy, British-raised Jay (Ahmed), but their relationship soon fractures. Hardy's themes of sexual hypocrisy and the clash of tradition and modernity make sense in this setting, but the film ultimately lacks emotional force.

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