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British filmmaker Michael Winterbottom didn't make a particularly good film until Welcome to Sarajevo, and this curiously dry adaptation of Thomas Hardy's last novel is a good example. Christopher Eccleston plays Jude Fawley, a self-educated stonemason who dreams of attending university but identifies with the working class. Kate Winslet is his cousin Sue Bridehead, a young woman with suffragette leanings and a position as a teacher's assistant. When the two enter into an illicit union, they are condemned to the margins of society, ultimately resulting in a horrifying tragedy. Winterbottom takes an oddly lean approach to Hardy's deterministic story, which leaves a viewer feeling short on emotion just when one needs it for the from-bad-to-worse third act. Welcome to Sarajevo proved that Winterbottom needs a whole other level of personal involvement to make a film that inspires him. Jude isn't one of those lucky films. --Tom Keogh

Cast

Christopher EcclestonJude Fawley
Kate WinsletSue Bridehead
Liam CunninghamPhillotson
Rachel GriffithsArabella
James NesbittUncle Joe
David TennantDrunk Undergraduate
Paul CopleyMr. Willis
Roger Ashton-GriffithsAuctioneer
Dexter FletcherPriest

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Michael Winterbottom
  • Producer: USA
  • Length: 123 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaOct 18, 1996
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaMA
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 14, 2002
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