Frears takes comic strip 'Tamara Drewe' to Cannes
Bond girl Gemma Arterton stars in a tale of seduction in the English countryside in Stephen Frears' new film "Tamara Drewe" that premiered at the Cannes film festival on Monday.
The dark comedy, based on the cartoons of Posy Simmonds that originally appeared in Britain's Guardian newspaper, culminates in a tragedy caused by a stampede of Friesian cows that flee a rock star's rampaging boxer dog.
Arterton, who appeared in the 2008 James Bond film "Quantum of Solace", plays the title role of a journalist who left her home village as an awkward teenager but returns as a smouldering femme fatale.
She leaves a trail of lust, envy and gossip in the village and in a nearby writers' rural retreat.
The comic strip, which was later turned into a graphic novel, is a modern take on English writer Thomas Hardy's classic novel "Far From the Madding Crowd".
The 68-year-old Frears, who in 2007 headed the jury of the Cannes festival, made his cinematic breakthrough with 1985 drama "My Beautiful Laundrette".
"Tamara Drewe" is screening out of competition in Cannes.
Frears' previous movie was last year's "Cheri", based on a book by French author Colette.
© 2010 AFP