Far from the Madding Crowd ★★★½

Carey Mulligan. cliffs. corsets. sheep. violins. fields. unrequited love. spite. puppies. mustaches? twists! yesssssss.

there's a really fun looseness to this, and a brevity (relative to the source material) that lets Vinterberg's Dogme leanings make some neat alchemy with the period piece trappings. and Mulligan is wonderful, you can feel the blood in her face.