Synopsis: Wessex County, England during the Victorian era. Christian values dominate what are social mores. These mores and her interactions with two men play a large part in what happens in the young life of peasant girl, the shy, innocent, proper yet proud Tess Durbeyfield. The first of these men is Alec d'Urberville. After learning from a local historian that they are really descendants of the aristocratic d'Urberville family which has died out due to lack of male heirs, Tess' parents send her to a nearby mansion where they know some d'Urbervilles actually reside. This move is in order for the family to gain some benefit from their heritage. Upon her arrival at the mansion, Tess quickly learns that the family of Tess' "cousin" Alec are not true d'Urbervilles, but rather an opportunistic lot who bought the family name in order to improve their own standing in life. Tess is pulled between what she was sent to accomplish for her family against her general disdain for Alec, who will give her anyt
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Roman Polanski
Production: Criterion Collection
  Won 3 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 14 nominations.
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186 min

...he was that upset, he's gone off

to Rolliver's to get up his strength.

Much strength he'll find

at the bottom of a pint pot.

Very well, I'll go and get him.

We'll be back afore you know it.

Now, look, be a good girl

and put the little ones to bed for me.

There it is.


That spoon may be small,

but my family was great.

- Jack, I've got a project.

- We owned carriages, estates...

...and mansions without number.

- Listen to me.

Is there any money in it?

It is well to be kin to a coach,

even if you don't ride in one.

I've been thinking since

you brought me the news.

- I've got a project.

- Which reminds me, woman.

You better find that dang seal

of ours, or I'll do you a mischief.

Listen. There's a great lady

by the name of d'Urberville...

...living out by Trantridge.

Well, she's nothing compared

with us.

Younger branch of the family,

no doubt.

I'll wager they don't go back

to King Norman's day.

That's as may be, but she's rich.

Lot of good her money will do us.

It could do. We must send

our Tess to claim kin.

- Claim kin?

- Why shouldn't two branches...

...of the same family

be on visiting terms?

It would certainly put her

in the way of a grand marriage.

Then she ought to go there tomorrow.

Let's drink to that. Mrs. Rolliver!

There you are, my poppet.

We was just on our way.

But you're asking me to go begging.

Begging. What are you saying?

It is all in the family.

If they was in need, I should

take them in without a word.

We all have to take the ups

with the downs, Tess.

Now, you must go and see her...

...and ask her for some help

in our trouble.

If the lady received me at all, it

would be enough if she were friendly.

You must not expect her to help us.

Come, come, my dear.

With your pretty face,

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Gérard Brach

Gérard Brach (23 July 1927 – 9 September 2006) was a French screenwriter best known for his collaborations with the film directors Roman Polanski and Jean-Jacques Annaud. At the beginning of the 1970s he twice directed the movies La Maison and The Boat on the Grass. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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