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This Is What it Would Look Like if Tess of the d’Urbervilles Was Set in India and Starred Freida Pinto

Illustration for article titled This Is What it Would Look Like if emTess of the d’Urbervilles/em Was Set in India and Starred Freida Pinto

It would be called Trishna, and directed by Michael Winterbottom. Thomas Hardy's 1891 novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles dealt with the love between a beautiful young peasant woman and the wealthy, pious son of a Reverend, as well stuff like class and the sexual double standard (a woman must be chaste in order to be marriage material, duh). Freida Pinto stars in this adaptation, about a "woman whose life is destroyed by a combination of love and circumstances." She plays a working-class gal; Riz Ahmed co-stars as wealthy young British businessman. Interesting idea, with India's history of the caste system. Plus, the visuals look beautiful.

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I don't know how I feel about this. The trailer looks gorgeous, but former English Major blues, I have major issues with removing a text from its original setting/time period. It just removes the context and changes the text fundamentally. I really hate it when directors set Shakespeare plays in the Wild West or the moon. I mean, seriously?