Abandoned by her lover, the aristocratic Madame Lubov Ranevskaya returns to Russia, only to see her fragrant cherry orchard in full bloom: a painful reminder of her dire economic state and the imminent foreclosure of the enviable property.
Abandoned by her lover and penniless, the charming, aristocratic, and vulnerable Madame Lubov Andreyevna Ranevskaya returns to Russia with her sixteen-year-old daughter, Anya. But, on their way back to the ancestral estate, after so many years, the elegant lady sees the once-powerful family's fragrant cherry orchard in full bloom: a painful reminder of her dire economic state and the imminent foreclosure of the enviable property. However, even though the uncouth nouveau-riche merchant, Lopakhin, can't wait to fulfil his ignoble aspirations, more and more, Lubov chooses to cling to the dear memories of a once-glorious past, still stubbornly refusing to face reality, and the irrefutable fact that she is in no position to make demands. Is this the end of a golden era?Written by
From the previous reviews I gather that this is where the elite meet to bleat. I wish those who are so afflicted by nearly everything in this lovely film could spell a bit better. I have seen several stage versions of this play, and I have read the play, so I was prepared to see the film. I agree with whoever it was who said it would appeal best to those who had seen or read the play and that is true. Not every film is for the popcorn crowd. I loved the atmosphere and that is something you cannot get in a stage play. How can acres of cherry trees in blossom be offensive to anyone? That falling-down hunting lodge seemed just right for that decaying family. The costumes were beautiful. There is not a single character in the story whom anyone could actually like, it's true, but by the end of the story you have been told so many things about them, if you pay attention, you can believe in them, which is better at times than merely being able to 'like' them. I believe Chekhov would have approved it.
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