MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 4,502 this week

Play (2001)

7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 489 users  
Reviews: 9 user

The land is filled with people in urns chattering at top speed, but only to themselves, not to one another. The focus goes to three people: a man, his mistress and his wife.

Director:

Writer:

(play)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

Fall TV Premiere Week

Many of your favorite shows are coming back, along with plenty of series premieres. Here's a list of the shows premiering between Sunday, September 21 and Friday, September 26.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 49 titles
created 20 Oct 2010
 
a list of 1000 titles
created 04 Oct 2012
 
a list of 42 titles
created 17 Feb 2013
 
list image
a list of 8 titles
created 03 Mar 2013
 
list image
a list of 905 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Play" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Play (2001)

Play (2001) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Play.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Endgame (TV Movie 2000)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Hamm is blind and unable to stand; Clov, his servant, is unable to sit; Nagg and Nell are his father and mother, who are legless and live in dustbins. Together they live in a room with two windows, but there may be nothing at all outside.

Director: Conor McPherson
Stars: Michael Gambon, David Thewlis, Jean Anderson
We Know Where You Live (TV Movie 2001)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Declan Lowney
Stars: Eddie Izzard, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Richard Blackwood
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A landscape architect's dealings with a young thief cause him to re-evaluate his life.

Director: Anthony Minghella
Stars: Jude Law, Robin Wright, Vera Farmiga
Not I (2000)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young woman sits down in a chair. Only her mouth is visible as she begins to speak at a rapid clip, describing events that she insists did not really happen to her.

Director: Neil Jordan
Stars: Julianne Moore
Happy Days (TV Movie 2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A middle-aged woman, half-buried in the earth, chatters away to a taciturn man, who lives in a hole behind her. Later, she is buried up to her neck, and the man does not seem to be about.

Director: Patricia Rozema
Stars: Rosaleen Linehan, Richard Johnson
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Matthew Barnes is a young exec on the move up who finds himself a pawn in corporate in-fighting when he's sent to London to oversee a merger. He's to replace John Gissing; Gissing's gotten ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Binder
Stars: Mike Binder, Tim Briggs, Allan Corduner
Ohio Impromptu (TV Short 2000)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A reader tells a sad story to a listener, who only knocks in response.

Director: Charles Sturridge
Stars: Jeremy Irons
Play I (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An astute observation based on real cases of bullying. In central Gothenburg, Sweden, a group of boys, aged 12-14, robbed other children on about 40 occasions between 2006 and 2008. The ... See full summary »

Director: Ruben Östlund
Stars: Johan Jonason, Kevin Vaz, Yannick Diakité
Animation | Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Rupert, a ten year old boy, falls hopelessly in love for the first time. When it all goes terribly wrong, he wishes never to experience heartache again. Turning to a book of magic, he invokes a spell to shield him from emotion forever.

Director: Kealan O'Rourke
Stars: Alan Rickman
Rockaby (TV Short 2000)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An old woman in a rocking chair listens to a disembodied voice (her own) that recounts her life and that of her mother's. When the voice stops, she calls for more.

Director: Richard Eyre
Stars: Penelope Wilton
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Anthony Minghella
Stars: Ann Gow, David Hatton, Dominic Minghella
Busted (TV Movie 1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Stephen Davis
Stars: Alan Rickman, Michael Feast, Sara Sugarman
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Man
...
...
Edit

Storyline

The land is filled with people in urns chattering at top speed, but only to themselves, not to one another. The focus goes to three people: a man, his mistress and his wife.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Short | Fantasy

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

14 July 2001 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Beckett: Näytelmä  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Version of Spil (1974) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Minghella plays with 'Play'.
26 March 2001 | by (dublin, ireland) – See all my reviews

'Play' is one of Beckett's most delightful confections, a farce, a vision of hell, a discordant fugue, a logorrheic din: as much a parody of Sartre's 'Huis Clos' as Sunday supplement suburban entanglements.

Three heads - a man, wife, and mistress - look out from urns, and relate the story of the man's affair and the wife's reaction to it, in a rhythmic, overlapping gabble, repeated twice to convey the idea of eternity. These lives, brought to crisis point by a very physical interruption - adultery -are condemned to a disembodied, inhuman, mechanical repetition of a previous existence.

Here, Beckett's interest in memory is at its most alienated - recalling the past is not an act of retrieval, an attempt to piece fragments of a shattered identity as in, for example 'Krapp's Last Tape'. It is a punishment, devoid of poetry, oppressively banal. Worse, the reminiscences are prompted by an unseen lighting man, like a Gestapo interrogator, switching speedily between characters, creating the play's rhythm, forcing them into 'life'. Much as they might like to, they cannot hide, they are at this man's mercy.

You can imagine the effect in the theatre: not only is the mundanity of everyday life shown to be mechanical, barren, dead, with the urns and the repetition not a metaphor for hell or limbo, but for life; but the way these insignificant lives are interrogated, as by the Gestapo, or God, or their own conscience, or paralysed desires, or us, or SOMEBODY, forces us to admit that we don't live very well.

Minghella, unlike his 'Beckett on film' collaborators, eschews over-fidelity. He keeps Beckett's words, but is radically unfaithful (a compliment!) to the play, liberated from theatrical constraints. His bombardment of montage; his intrusive use of colour, sound, camera angles; his turning Beckett's lighting man into the camera, with its clicks and whirrs and zooms; all fundamentally destroy Beckett's theatrical space.

A condition where hell mirrors suburban life, where immobility , darkness, emptiness, inertia are the tenets, is given an incongruous energy, a visual excitement. Beckett's verbal and lighting rhythms are transformed into those of editing. Life in hell no longer seems that dull and repetitive; neither, by extension, do our own lives. The intrusive, oppressive interrogation of the light becomes the more distanced voyeurism of the camera - it is not this latter that breaks the space but the editing.

This is an excellent example of an artist freeing himself from constraints, undermining his text, while remaining superficially faithful. Surely the appropriate response to 'Play' is to play. A very brave adaptation.


9 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
where can i see this? Aragorn--KingofGondor
Is this the one with the people in the pots? Lady_Madonna
a beautiful vision of nuptial hell theshizznit-1
Discuss Play (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?