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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

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
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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.

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

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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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Barbara Tirrell appears here as a cook in Sorin's house. She previously appeared four decades before in the "Great Performances" rendition of the same play, Great Performances: The Seagull (1975), also as a servant. See more »

Goofs

The action is supposed to take place at the beginning of the 20th century. One of the characters uses a cotton stick to heal an injure. Cotton sticks were not invented until 1923. 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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Vocals by Diana Damrau
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Stellar ensemble cast wasted; movie lacks spark
16 June 2018 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"The Seagull" (2018 release; 98 min.) is the latest big screen adaptation of the Anton Chekhov theater play. As the movie opens, we are at "The Imperial Theater, Moscow, 1904", where an aging stage actress is saying her goodbyes left and right. The action then shifts to the dacha (country estate), where the actress' ailing brother is anxiously awaiting her arrival. Meanwhile the actress' son Konstantin is preparing to stage his latest play. He is assisted by a lovely young lady, and the two seem happily in love... At this point we're less than 10 min. into the movie but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this is the latest film from director Michael Mayer, who is best known for his work on Broadway. Here he tackles what should be a natural for him: bringing a stage play onto the big screen. "The Seagull" has been made into a movie before (and a number of times at that), but I must admit that this is the first movie adaptation I have seen. All the elements are seemingly in place, none more so that a terrific ensemble cast led by Annette Bening, who seemingly only gets better as she ages, but also Saoirse Ronan, Elisabeth Moss, Brian Dennehy, and Billy Howle, just to name those. And it's certainly not the acting talent that is lacking. Bening and Ronan are simply terrific. (As an aside, Ronan and Howle are co-starring as a couple in not one but two movies currently playing at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati: besides the Seagull, they also star in "On Chesil Beach". What are the odds of that?) Yet despite all this, "The Seagull" is simply not a great, or even good, movie. We watch these character but have no emotional investment in them. When Konstantin has yet another outburst (almost like a five year old's tantrum), we just wonder--why? When romantic relationships may or may not develop, we wonder where the spark is for that. It' a darn shame, and frankly I was relieved when the movie's end titles started rolling, as I had had more than my fill of this.

"The Seagull" was filmed exactly 3 years ago (and one can notice it when you compare Ronan in this and in "On Chesil Bech", filmed 1 1/2 yrs. after this). Why has this been sitting on the shelf for so long? One can only wonder... The movie opened this weekend at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati, and based purely on the strong ensemble cast, I decided to check it out. The Friday early evening screening where I saw this at was attended okay but not great (about 10 people). Frankly I haven't heard single buzz about this movie, and I can't see this playing long in the theater. If you have an interest in big screen play adaptations, or are a fan of anyong in the ensemble cast, I'd suggest you check this out, be it in the theater (while you still can), on VOD, or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusion.


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