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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.

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Michael Mayer

Writers:

Anton Chekhov (play), Stephen Karam (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Saoirse Ronan ... Nina
Michael Zegen ... Mikhail
Elisabeth Moss ... Masha
Annette Bening ... Irina
Corey Stoll ... Boris Trigorin
Billy Howle ... Konstantin
Brian Dennehy ... Sorin
Mare Winningham ... Polina
Jon Tenney ... Doctor Dorn
Glenn Fleshler ... Shamrayev
Ben Thompson ... Yakov
Barbara Tirrell Barbara Tirrell ... Olga the cook
Thomas Hettrick Thomas Hettrick ... Ivan
Paul Krisikos Paul Krisikos ... Sasha
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Storyline

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. As Trigorin lightly consumes and rejects Nina, as the actress all her life has consumed and rejected her son, who loves Nina. The victims are destroyed while the sophisticates continue on their way.

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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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 2018 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

A Gaivota See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$79,016, 13 May 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,252,960, 16 August 2018
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Company Credits

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KGB Media,Mar-Key Pictures See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Filming began the summer of 2015 in New York - three years before the theatrical release in the US (May 11, 2018). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Masha: It's all ridiculous. Unrequited love. It only exists in novels. You can't sit around always hoping that something will happen. If you start to feel love in your heart, you've got to rip it out.
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Connections

Version of ITV Play of the Week: The Seagull (1956) See more »

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The Seagull does not soar

Now I realize that The Seagull is a play by Anton Chekov. However, I dont think it translated well onto screen or perhaps the director didnt translate it well onto screen. Just some of the dialogue and the way the actors delivered their lines didnt feel very natural. Like it felt at times that I was watching a play rather than a film. In film you can be more subtle and nuanced rather than on stage where you have to play for the person in the back row. I think the only person who really stood out to me was Elisabeth Moss who played Masha. And I love Saoirse Ronan but for me it just seemed like such a odd choice to cast her since she had to put on an American accent to play a Russian in the setting of Russia.

Story wise it was ok. Very heavy handed with the symbolism. Which again, might be better suited in the play. For me, it picks up more in the second act. I think one of the more powerful moments is when Nina returns and speaks to Konstantin and the somewhat ambiguous ending.

The costumes are beautiful as well the settings. It can be a pretty film to watch. But overall, I dont think this film really added anything new that I couldnt get out of seeing the show live. It was good but nothing you have to immediately run out and see either.


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