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Shot in brooding black and white, this bold and remarkably original version of Dickens' hard-hitting tale of social injustice relocates the story from a nineteenth-century English mill town to the contemporary milieu of 1980s Lisbon.
Taking Dickens' 1854 novel, set in a northern mill town, and relocating it to the contemporary milieu of 1980s Lisbon, Portuguese director João Botelho made a bold and remarkably original version of the hard-hitting story. Shot in appropriately melancholy black and white, this is one of the most critically acclaimed non-English language adaptations of Dickens. Overlooked since its original release, Hard Times is a highlight of our Dickens programme. "The film's manifest intelligence and profound sense of irony knocks spots off most British literary adaptations, while simultaneously constituting a love letter to cinema itself" (Time Out).