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NY Timeout - Tamara Drewe Review

NY Timeout - Strikingly picturesque locations and a terrific ensemble cast help this tonally inconsistent adaptation of Posy Simmonds’s comic series pass by with relative ease, though it leaves a very peculiar aftertaste. A present-day riff on Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd, Stephen Frears’s film is set in and around a bucolic writer’s retreat, where a bunch of caricatured literary types—such as detective novelist Nicholas Hardiment (Allam) and introverted academic Glen McCreavy (Camp)—while away the hours in hack productivity or soul-crushing writer’s block. Then a muse appears in the comely shape of newspaper columnist Tamara Drewe (Arterton), an ugly duckling turned hiked-shorts beauty who’s arrived to look after her late mother’s estate.

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