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The Seagull (2018)

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In the early 20th century, an aging actress and her lover visit the estate of her elderly brother.


Michael Mayer


Anton Chekhov (play), Stephen Karam (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Annette Bening ... Irina
Corey Stoll ... Boris
Glenn Fleshler ... Shamrayev
Billy Howle ... Konstantin
Brian Dennehy ... Sorin
Elisabeth Moss ... Masha
Mare Winningham ... Polina
Jon Tenney ... Doctor Dorn
Michael Zegen ... Medvedenko
Saoirse Ronan ... Nina
Ben Thompson ... Yakov
Angela Pietropinto ... Irina's Dresser
Barbara Tirrell Barbara Tirrell ... Olga
Elsie Brechbiel Elsie Brechbiel ... Natalia
Pippa Pearthree ... Eugenie


An aging actress named Irina Arkadina pays summer visits to her brother Pjotr Nikolayevich Sorin and her son Konstantin on a country estate. On one occasion, she brings Trigorin, a successful novelist, with her. Nina, a free and innocent girl on a neighboring estate, falls in love with Boris Trigorin.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some mature thematic elements, a scene of violence, drug use, and partial nudity. | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 July 2018 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

A Gaivota See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$79,016, 13 May 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,252,960, 16 August 2018
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Saoirse Ronan and Michael Zegen previously starred together in Brooklyn (2015). See more »


Annette Benning can be seen smoking a cigarette with a filter on it. Filters were not introduced until 1936. See more »


Medvedenko: Why do you always wear black?
Masha: I'm in mourning for my life.
Medvedenko: Why? You're healthy. You have enough money to get by. Life's a lot harder for me. I'm a schoolteacher. I hardly make anything. You don't see me all in black.
Masha: It's not about money. Even a poor man can be happy.
Medvedenko: Every day, I meet with nothing but indifference from you.
Masha: Stop it, Medvedenko. I'm touched by your love. I just can't return it. That's all.
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Version of ITV Play of the Week: The Seagull (1956) See more »


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Far from Chekhov
29 September 2018 | by bernardoarquivoSee all my reviews

When you make a 98 minute movie of a play that usually clocks in at about two hours or so, a great deal of text is bound to be wasted. It's the case with this latest version of "The Seagull", and Chekhov is not an author whose lines you can simply discard.

Dorn, the doctor, has been known and remembered since the premiere of the play in 1896 for prescribing his idiotic "valerian drops" (which according to Stanislavski's memoirs was something that Chekhov himself used to do, somewhat mockingkly, since he was a doctor himself). It's not in this movie.

Trigorin's magnificent monologue to Nina about never being able to compete with Tolstoi or Turgueniev - one of Cheklovs finests - was butchered and becomes meaningless. Konstantin has a long and heartfelt conversation with Sorin at the beginning to explain his problematic relationship with his mother. It's brutally cut. Polina, Masha and Medvedenko are reduced to a useless bunch of shallow losers.

Director Michael Mayer was apparently more concerned with beautiful landscapes, lakes, boats and gardens. And a soundtrack (very sweet and nice, I might add) that reminds us constantly of a romantic comedy of the eighties. As it's been pointed out, here, the movie is "beautifully made". But it has nothing to do with Chekhov.

The cast is very uneven and the roles are poorly developed. Director's fault. Saoirse Ronan is ok, and her smile lights up the screen. But no real depth. Corey Stoll is excellent but his role was pulverized so he doesn't have much to do with his Trigorin. Same with the brilliant Brian Dennehy's Sorin. Annette Bening is good but lacks the necessary charisma for Arkadina. The sweet, sad and loving Masha turns to a neurotic drunk by Elisabeth Moss. Mare Winningham's Polina is just a whiny and annoying matron. And Billy Howle is very weak as Kostia.

For people who wish to come in contact with this wonderful play, I recommend the flawless 1975 version with Blythe Danner, Frank Langella, Lee Grant and Kevin McCarthy. Or Lumet's 1968 movie. And for real aficcionados, the 1974 russian version, with great Irina Miroshnichenko as Masha.

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