After having adapted Jude the Obscure (Jude) and The Mayor of Casterbridge (The Claim), Michael Winterbottom comes back into Thomas Hardy's world with this splendid and challenging new version of Tess of the d'Urbervilles, transported to contemporary Rajasthan in India. Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto plays the captivating Trishna, a peasant woman who lives with her large family in rural India when she meets a young British businessman, Jay. Circumstances will bring them together but social and cultural pressure will make their romance difficult. Trishna ends up being left behind as her lover reveals himself to be more and more sadistic.
Freida Pinto incarnates a vulnerable, luminous, and touching Trishna, torn between her traditional world and the modern one. Riz Ahmed is quite a revelation in the role of her charismatic and cruel suitor. Winterbottom delivers a distant, brilliant, and very personal interpretation of Hardy's novel, enhanced by a gorgeous score and some beautiful songs from Bollywood composer Amit Trivedi, added to the tasteful cinematography of dusty landscapes and teeming metropolitan areas captured in a rough-edged documentary style.
Length: 117 minutes
Language: English, Hindi
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Screenwriter: Michael Winterbottom
Producer: Melissa Parmenter, Michael Winterbottom
Editor: Mags Arnold
Director of Photography: Marcel Zyskind
Production Designer: David Bryan
Executive Producer: Andrew Eaton, Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Shail Shah
Composer: Amit Trivedi
Primary Cast: Frieda Pinto, Riz Ahmed
Michael Winterbottom is the prolific director of the films Welcome to Sarajevo, Wonderland, I Want You, The Claim, 24 Hour Party People, BAFTA and Berlinale winner In This World, The Road to Guantanamo, A Mighty Heart, Genova, The Shock Doctrine, The Killer Inside Me, and The Trip.