The Seagull

The Seagull

DVD - 2018
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Aging actress Irina visits the country estate where her brother Sorin and her son Konstantin reside. She brings her lover Boris, a successful novelist. The estate teems with desire, jealousy and angst. The estate manager's daughter Masha is in love with Konstantin, who is in love with the sweet neighbor Nina, who is in love with Boris. Boris casually uses and discards Nina while Irina continuously treats Konstantin with similar disdain. Emotions run high and things come to a head against the beautiful and idyllic backdrop of the countryside.
Publisher: Culver City, California :, Sony Pictures Classics,, [2018]
Branch Call Number: DVD FICTION SEA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 98 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.,color,rda
Dolby Digital 5.1
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Region 1,rdare


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The best literary adaptation of the year. This nuanced take on Chekhov's tragic comedy boasts outstanding acting and perfectly conjures up the atmosphere of imperial Russia.

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JCLHeatherM Jun 25, 2019

A rather dreary story with no clear characters to cheer for. A Russian family gathers for a summer holiday and manages to self-destruct due to selfish desires and egotistical dreams.

Jun 13, 2019

Like watching an unwitting and humourless satire on Russian literature. Kept expecting Woody Allen to appear. Unfortunately, he does not.

Apr 14, 2019

Everyone is in love with someone else. Very unhappy people. Well acted. Annette is always a joy to watch, but not a fan of the story.

Mar 20, 2019

I couldn't get through the first 20 minutes. Quality actors yes, but there was nothing to hold you into the drama.

Mar 16, 2019

Exactly the same story line as the movie Days and Nights. The mother in one is a movie star and the other, a stage actress. The son is competing with her in both stories. The son in the end kills himself. The mother has a brother, both are terminally ill. Must have been taken from the same book. One takes place in Russia in the early 1900. The other takes place in present time. Both are in a summer home retreat.

Jan 03, 2019

Didn't care for this movie at all. 2 great actresses, what a waste.

Dec 27, 2018

As the synopsis says: The estate teems with desire, jealousy and angst. There is more desire, jealously and angst that a junior high school. I did not finish watching the movie.

Dec 13, 2018

This is a 'based on' adaptation of Chekhov's famous play. Your response to it will be in good part influenced by whether you think translation to another medium is a good idea to begin with. In this case we didn't: it just doesn't work as a movie. That said, it has a terrific cast, with Annette Bening, who has the easy role of Irina, and Saoirse Ronan, who has the difficult role of Nina, doing the top-notch jobs we would expect. But for me the surprise stand-out was Cory Stoll (from 'House of Cards'!) as Boris. He got through lines that others would have choked over, and he captured the 'observer' quality of his character perfectly. The film may be a failed crossover, but the quality of the acting still make it worth seeing.

Dec 07, 2018

This was a quickie film with a next-to-nothing budget, filmed within a couple of weeks. I just really don't empathize with any of the characters in this Chekhov play. I couldn't care less if Konstantin had succeeded in killing himself (oops, spoiler alert). Elisabeth Moss was ill-served in her whimpering, self-conscious whining portrayal of Masha. Yikes. Annette Benning must have owed a favor to someone for taking the role of Irina, though she did yeoman's work. It was OK to watch, but I couldn't get into it or care about the characters, all self-absorbed and several narcissistic. It seems to be a story of self-proclaimed "artists" who turn out to be far less talented than they consider themselves. Brian Dennehey as the old man didn't give us much. Couldn't figure out why he was around, spending the film dying. He appeared in the Q&A session in the "bonus features" and basically grumped his way through the affair. I don't think he thought much of the whole thing. He is my favorite for that reason. Don't go out of your way to see this mediocre film. The extras were fun. We got to see these people (with the exception of Dennehey) pontificate on their ART, almost as narcissistically as the characters. Indie movies always have these Q&A sessions, often the best part of the experience.

Oct 05, 2018

I always find it difficult to say that I "enjoy" a film / play like Chekov's "The Seagull". I have seen multiple versions on the stage and screen, so the story line was no surprise. You have to decide whether the acting is compelling. This latest version has a great cast: Annette Bening captures the extreme narcissism of Irina Arkadina. Saoirse Ronan as Nina seems to be able to beautifully and believably portray any age from teens to 30's. Elisabeth Moss is always a favorite of mine and does such a good job as the whining, self-involved Masha that I would have cheerfully slapped her if I could. Mare Winningham and Brian Dennehy are long term favorites. There are no "heroes or heroines" in "The Seagull". They feel almost no empathy among themselves, so it is difficult to "bond" with the characters. You have to feel some of the pain of the young people surrounded by such selfishness, as they seemed doomed to act out their personal damage. As you can tell, I found the acting ( primarily by the women) to be fine, so if you "like" the darkness of this Chekov play, I recommend this version. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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