DIRECTOR: Michael Mayer
USA / 2018
THURSDAY 16 MAY NOON / CINEMA 1
RUNNING TIME: 98 MINS
…all-star cast brings out the comedy in Chekhov.
Packed with names such as Annette Bening, Elisabeth Moss and Saoirse Ronan, this adaptation of the classic play is brisk and funny. Four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening stars as the aging actress (Irina), whose city life has meant she has deliberately cut herself off from her family. Set in the early 20th Century, she decides to visit her elderly brother (Brian Dennehy) at his country estate, together with her latest lover, a novelist (Corey Stoll). Her disdain for her indolent son (Billy Howle) is apparent, while a neighbour (Saiorse Ronan) attempts some romantic liaisons. In the mix are Elisabeth Moss and Mare Winningham, playing women seeking their own romances. Chekhov delights in satirising the upper class in his plays. His social commentary about people being their own worst enemies, while the sophisticated class reigns supreme, is as true today as when he wrote this classic play.