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Mansion by the Lake (2002)

Wekande Walauwa (original title)
Very loosely based on Anton Chekov's the Cherry Orchard, the film follows a family of formerly wealthy, expatriate Sri Lankan landowners, now impoverished, as they return from England to ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Malini Fonseka ...
Sujata Rajasuriya, the widow
Vasanthi Chathurani ...
Sita, the adopted girl
Sanath Gunathilake ...
Gunapala, the brother
Paboda Sandeepani ...
Aruni, the teenager
Ravindra Randeniya ...
Lucas, the upstart
Iranganie Serasinghe ...
Aunt Catherine
Asoka Rodrigo ...
Inspector Alwis
Nuwangi Liyanage ...
The servant
Ranjit Rubasinghe ...
The activist student
Elson Divituragama ...
Valet in mansion
Lucky Dias ...
The lawyer
Dayananda Jayawardena ...
The mansion's caretaker
Senaka Wijesinghe ...
Kirthie Bandara, rebel
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Satischandra Edirisinghe
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Very loosely based on Anton Chekov's the Cherry Orchard, the film follows a family of formerly wealthy, expatriate Sri Lankan landowners, now impoverished, as they return from England to the magnificent country estate they left behind. A deeply moving study of a caste and a country torn apart by social change. Written by Anonymous

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27 August 2003 (France)  »

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Official submission of Sri Lanka for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 76th Academy Awards in 2004. See more »

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Version of El jardín de los cerezos (1978) See more »

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Authoritative work of the most noted film maker from Ceylon.
12 December 2003 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Can this really be the director who made REKAVA a half century ago? It does have the measured authoritative quality of the films that Carl Dreyer or G.W. Pabst made in their seventies - should we add Clint Eastwood? Peries is not overshadowed in this company.

However MANSION BY THE LAKE is warmer and more involving than the work of these other seasoned directors. The Chekov plot is visible but the people seem so firmly located in their own setting that it is hard to think of it as an adaptation. Sharp, high key color picks out the lush foliage, fabrics, skin textures and the central image of the still imposing family house, as we get into the machinations that take away it and the way of life the family knew, as part of a salvage effort and revenge by the one time servant.

Perhaps it would not be so surprising if we could see the other films made by the people involved. The novelty certainly adds to the film's appeal. It is odd to write about a film's dignity as it's major asset.


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