A few weeks ago, I wrote a review of the novel, The Red Tent, (1997) by Anita Diamant. I enjoyed it very much, and afterwards discovered it had been made into a miniseries for TV. I viewed it the other night and found it based very closely on the book.
With such stars as Debra Winger (Rebecca) and Minnie Driver (Leah), Rebecca Ferguson (Dinah) and Morena Baccarin (Rachel), Iain Glen (Jacob) and Will Tudor (Joseph) and the beautiful landscape of the filming in Ouarzazate, Morocco, the story is just as gripping and captivating as the book.
The story, although based on Genesis where there are only a few lines about Dinah, has been well researched and the parts that are known are pretty much as set forth in that original account. It is also alike the novel except in a very few instances, and the changes enhance the story as being suited to film.
Everything is shown through Dinah’s eyes as the only daughter of Jacob who is watched over by the 4 sisters, her mother Leah and Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah. The scene of Joseph’s two brothers (in this version of the story) sending him into slavery is a well-done addition, and the way the separate paths of Dinah and Joseph come together in Egypt. These are the same two brothers who undermine Jacob and slay all the incapacitated men in the city of Shechem in supposed revenge for the dishonouring of Dinah, who has a different view of the events. The scenery and sets were spectacular, and the events flowed beautifully as the story unfolded. If you loved the book, the movie will just make it that much better! If you saw the movie and enjoyed it, you should read the book and luxuriate in the prose of Anita Diamant!