This adaptation of Chekhov’s classic combines an all-star cast including Annette Bening, Elisabeth Moss, Saoirse Ronan, and Brian Dennehy, to explore the obsessive nature of love and the transcendent value of art.
As friends and family gather one summer at a lakeside Russian estate, everyone is caught up passionately loving someone who loves someone else. Irina (Bening), a legendary actress of the Moscow stage, is anxious about holding onto the affections of her younger lover, Boris (Corey Stoll). But her son Konstantin (Billy Howle) rejects Boris as old-fashioned and banal. Konstantin, in turn, is busy throwing his attention onto the young aspiring actress, Nina (Saoirse Ronan), who rejects him only to pursue the handsome Boris. As the story twists and turns, a tragicomedy about art, fame, human folly, and the eternal desire to live a purposeful life is revealed.
(USA / 2018 / Directed by Michael Mayer)
PG-13 / 1 hr 38 hrs.