Rent Tess (1979)

3.6 of 5 from 89 ratings
2h 45min
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Synopsis:
Tess, portrayed by the entrancing Nastassja Kinski, is the daughter of a poor, drunken farmer who discovers that he is actually of noble descent. Tess is sent off to live with their proper and wealthy relatives. There, she is seduced by a suave but sinister cousin and bears him a bastard son who dies while still an infant. The backdrop is morally rigid Victorian England where Tess must carry the shame of her past even into her marriage to a minister's son, until she cleanses herself of all guilt in one ultimate act of passion.
Actors:
, , , , , , Jeanne Biras, , , , Geraldine Arzul, Stephanie Treille, Elodie Warnod, Ben Reeks, , , , Jean-Jacques Daubin, ,
Directors:
Producers:
Claude Berri
Writers:
GĂ©rard Brach, Roman Polanski, John Brownjohn, Thomas Hardy
Others:
Anthony Powell, Jack Stephens, Geoffrey Unsworth, Ghislain Cloquet, Pierre Guffroy, Philippe Sarde
Studio:
Columbia Tristar
Genres:
British Films, Drama, Romance
Countries:
UK
Awards:

1982 BAFTA Best Cinematography

1981 Oscar Best Cinematography

1981 Oscar Best Costume Design

1981 Oscar Best Art Direction

BBFC:
Release Date:
27/09/2004
Run Time:
165 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing, Hindi
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • 'Filming Tess' featurette
  • 'Tess: From Novel To Screen' featurette
  • 'Tess: The Experience' featurette
BBFC:
Release Date:
18/03/2013
Run Time:
172 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Costume Designs (2013, 2 mins): Anthony Powell's award-winning designs
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (2) of Tess

Emotionally Overwhelming Period Drama. - Tess review by Steve Mason

Spoiler Alert
02/07/2012

Sumptuous, lovely, detailed and deeply moving version of the Hardy tragedy, with Kinski a most beautiful heroine. Probably the best Hardy adaptation.

4 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Kinski Rocks - Tess review by PT

Spoiler Alert
28/02/2017

The young Kinski is absolutely superb at breathing life into Hardy's Tess.

An innocent young lady, who through no fault of her own, suffers suffering on top of suffering. Beautiful countryside caught in panoramic shots compliment the beautiful Tess, culminating in the heart breaking ending. An emotional classic.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

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