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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 Malini Fonseka ... Sujata Rajasuriya, the widow
Vasanthi Chathurani Vasanthi Chathurani ... Sita, the adopted girl
Sanath Gunathilake Sanath Gunathilake ... Gunapala, the brother
Paboda Sandeepani Paboda Sandeepani ... Aruni, the teenager
Ravindra Randeniya Ravindra Randeniya ... Lucas, the upstart
Iranganie Serasinghe Iranganie Serasinghe ... Aunt Catherine
Asoka Rodrigo Asoka Rodrigo ... Inspector Alwis
Nuwangi Liyanage Nuwangi Liyanage ... The servant
Ranjit Rubasinghe Ranjit Rubasinghe ... The activist student
Elson Divituragama Elson Divituragama ... Valet in mansion
Lucky Dias Lucky Dias ... The lawyer
Dayananda Jayawardena Dayananda Jayawardena ... The mansion's caretaker
Senaka Wijesinghe Senaka Wijesinghe ... Kirthie Bandara, rebel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Satischandra Edirisinghe Satischandra Edirisinghe


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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Official site [France]


Sri Lanka


Sinhalese | Tamil

Release Date:

27 August 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Mansion by the Lake See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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not Chekhov by a mile
26 October 2013 | by allen-conway-1See all my reviews

This is about as undramatic a film as it's possible to make.

I didn't see it in the cinema but instead watched a DVD. The sound effects are pretty terrible - lots of clinking of keys and plod by plod descending of stairs. The actors put nothing into the film, and with a script that plods along too, providing no drama, whether it be in the sub-story of the political activist - a sub-story that doesn't seem to me to serve any useful purpose - or in the main story, the search of a way out of the family's financial problems. The English sub-titles too are very poor grammatically, and often quite poor as far as English goes. That, however, is the least of this film's problems. Not a film I would ever wish to watch again.

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