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2.7 of 5 from 146 ratings
1h 34min
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Synopsis:
A tragicomedy where everyone is caught up in loving someone who already loves somebody else. One summer, aristocratic actress Irina (Annette Bening) takes her lover, the successful novelist Boris Trigorin (Corey Stoll), to her lakeside retreat. Nina (Saoirse Ronan), a naive girl who lives on a neighbouring estate, falls in love with the older Boris, who basks in her adulation. Meanwhile, Masha (Elisabeth Moss) is obsessed with Irina's son Konstantin (Billy Howie), who loves Nina.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Jay Franke, David Herro, Tom Hulce, Robert Salerno, Leslie Urdang
Writers:
Anton Chekhov, Stephen Karam
Studio:
Thunderbird Releasing
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Romance
BBFC:
Release Date:
21/01/2019
Run Time:
94 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
21/01/2019
Run Time:
99 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B

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Reviews (3) of The Seagull

So-so version of a classic but dated and, frankly, dull play - The Seagull review by PV

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06/02/2019

Chekhov always gets massive praise as a playwright and a short story writer - I have tried reading the latter such as 'The Lady with the Little Dog' but must admit I don't really get him as a writer. It's all about subtle shifts in relationships with Chekhov, I think.

This is a slight film which is pretty local to the play EXCEPT the Americanisms in the text (eg 'smart' for intelligent or bright) which I disliked. I can just about put up with the US accents.

Some interesting characters but all spoilt rich people navel-gazing really, something I hate about so much modern cinema and drama.

No wonder there was a revolution in Russia with all these spoilt rich people obsessed with their own happiness! Maybe they should have tried being serfs and peasants eh.

3 stars. Just.

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Dumbed Down American Rubbish - The Seagull review by PW

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10/02/2019

I was amazed at how awful this was. Much of the script seemed to have been translated into American teenage dumbed down cliches. We had a "really amazing" and astonishingly an "enjoy the rest of your day". Was fully expecting "I was like", "kicking butt", and "have a nice day" with a bit of whooping thrown in for good measure! It was as if the actors had been recruited from a call centre.

For a Russian period drama Saoirse Ronan looks ridiculous with black eyebrows and red hair. A great play totally destroyed US style.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Only if you like Chekhov - The Seagull review by OP

Spoiler Alert
03/07/2019

This is basically a film about a bunch of rich Russian people with huge flaws who, despite this, are presented with some sympathy and affection . Even the worst character appears to have a 'soft' moment at the end of the film, suggesting there may be more to her. While it is beautifully shot and  individual performances are superb, the finished product is a wee bit uninspiring. Adapting the play, which is such a subtle affair, to the big screen is very ambitious- because some of the nuances are inevitably lost. Also my advice is if you don't like Chekhov, this film isn't for you.  

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