I won't admit, I'm a sucker for sentimental period movies. This one takes the cake for me.
I love this movie. It's an adaptation of a Hardy novel, but never fear, there is not one ounce of depression in this sunny film. It's sweet, romantic, and fun to watch on a rainy day.
This movie tells the tale of a young woman named Fancy Day, who moves to the rustic village of Mellstock, to take care of her ailing father and run the village schoolhouse. She was raised away from home, so she is obviously the most fashionable and intelligent woman of the tiny hamlet. Still, she is a bit confused and occasionally unassertive, unsure about her new position in the the hamlet. She immediately catches the eye of three men. Mr. Shiner, the richest man in town, who is old and crass but promises a future for Fancy, Parson Maybold, the snobby, but well-meaning parson of the town who disrespects his parishioners, but is closer to her age and taste. The last is Dick Dewey, the son of a carrier in the hamlet, who is handsome and young, but poor, promising no future for Fancy, but who he loves dearly.
|Dick Dewey, handsome as ever.|
Basically, Fancy is fighting passionate feelings for Dick, her father wanting her to marry Mr. Shiner, and Parson Maybold's quiet advances. Obviously, she picks one of them in the end. I won't tell you who, but the ending is definitely satisfying.
This movie is very beautiful, with some great English scenery and old-timey hamlets. The performances, for the most part, are pretty good. Dick and Fancy's chemistry holds the whole thing together, creating great romantic tension and dialogue.
|Eww! Mr. Shiner and Fancy Day|
This movie is great, and very cute. Enjoy it for what it's worth: a romantic, sentimental period piece about a quiet hamlet in England. :D