Tess is a simple girl in rural 19th century England. The eldest of six with unreliable parents, Tess takes on her family's parental and financial burdens. A series of tragedies occur as Tess grapples with self-blame, ever-present threats of poverty, and exile to the edges of her community, while she also finds comfort and happiness through her female friendships.
This reimagining of the classic Thomas Hardy novel, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, uses modern folk music to paint the women of this world as dreamers, lovers, and intellectuals, exploring bodily autonomy and how it relates to gender and class.
TW: sexual assault, death, suicide, murder