Luke Evans stars as Andy Cobb and Gemma Arterton as stars as Tamara Drewe in the film club presentation of Tamara Drewe.

Luke Evans stars as Andy Cobb and Gemma Arterton as stars as Tamara Drewe in the film club presentation of Tamara Drewe.

Film club screens comedy Tamara Drewe

There is a change in the film the Williams Lake Film Club will show next week.

There is a change in the film the Williams Lake Film Club will show next week.

As this is our annual birthday celebration and following Valentine’s Day, it was decided to bring you a happy and funny film, a film which will make us all actually feel good.

We will screen Tamara Drewe Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Gibraltar Room.

Tamara Drewe was filmed in a gorgeous, lush British country setting in the village of Ewedown in Dorset.

No subtitles are needed for this film.

The director is Stephen Frears and the main role is played by beautiful Gemma Arterton.

As you find so often in British films, the characters are carefully chosen and fit their roles perfectly.

It is considered a comedy/drama/romance, runs for 109 minutes and had a limited release in 2010.

The inspiration for the film came from the adult cartoon by the same name and from Thomas Hardy’s book Far From the Maddening Crowd.

When Tamara Drewe sashays back to the bucolic village of her youth, life for the locals is thrown tail over tea kettle.

Tamara, once an ugly duckling with a beak of a nose, has been transformed into a devastating, what some men like to call a healthy beauty.

As infatuations, jealousies, love affairs and career ambitions collide among the inhabitants of the neighbouring farmsteads and the writers retreat, Tamara sets a contemporary comedy of manners into play using the oldest magic in the book – sex appeal.

And she uses it so well, inspiring dreams in pompous writers, a narcissistic young drummer from London, and in her old-time interest, the wonderful hunk Andy.

His family used to own the Winnard Farm but lost it to Tamara’s family.

Tamara now is an independent journalist and in town to sell the farm.

As in most villages, there are some trouble makers.

In this case two teenage girls, who are bored with life and look for, well, excitement.

This film is witty and happy but also shows the failures of relations as i.e. adulterous husband, saintly and accepting wife, in short it is based on real life.

And you might as well cheer when the someone finally gets his come-uppance. Tamara Drewe is a very beautifully made comedy which makes you laugh at and feel for the characters even if they are vain, lustful, egotistical or long-suffering, probably even because of it, and there are certainly some real nice people living in Ewedown.

One thing Tamara Drewe is not, is a kitschy, sappy romance — far too witty for that, far too sharp.

Tamara Drewe is a great film to share some birthday cake afterwards, especially for Ruth, but really for all of us. We all will have or have had a birthday this year.

Let us raise our cups in cheer to our supporters of the LDA and to the Williams Lake Film Club.

Back doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $10 regular, $8 for Film Club members, and $6 for seniors (65+) and students, TRU and High School.

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