I love all of Hardy’s books. I was in high school when I read The Return Of The Native. It opened my mind to village politics, taught me to be more observant of my natural and socio-economic environment, and instilled in me a fascination for the written word. So I look forward to this screen adaptation of another of his book.
This Far From the Madding Crowd is a fairytale, describing the archetypal integration of the inner masculine and feminine. Carl Jung called this process “individuation”, the process of becoming a whole person. Jung held that each of us carries the psychological functions of what he named the feminine and masculine. Vinterberg’s film depicts these functions being processed through the characters of Bathsheba, William Boldwood, Francis Troy and Oak.
– A Jungian Take On Thomas Vinterberg’s Far From The Madding Crowd, The Guardian