The Cherry Orchard
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Renowned Greek filmmaker Michael Cacoyannis wrote and directed this adaptation of the classic final drama by playwright Anton Chekhov, set in 1900. Lyubov Ranevskaya (Charlotte Rampling) left Russia to escape troubling memories of the death of her son. Now her family is riddled with debt and Lyubov and her teenaged daughter Anya (Tushka Bergen) have come home to the family estate, looking for a way to pay their bills. Much to their dismay, the Ranevskayas are forced to sell their land to Lopakhin (Owen Teale), a crude businessman who intends to build a housing development in what was once the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

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"In capturing the understated comedic agony of an ever-ruminating, genteel yet decadent aristocracy that can no longer pay its bills, the film could just as well be addressing the turn of the 20th century into the 21st."
‑ Steven Leigh Morris, L.A. Weekly
"Cacoyannis is perhaps too effective in creating an atmosphere of dust-caked stagnation and labored gentility."
‑ Jonathan Perry, Boston Globe
"One of the film's most effective aspects is its Tchaikovsky soundtrack of neurasthenic regret."
‑ David Jays, Sight and Sound
"A sometimes tedious film."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Those with a modicum of patience will find in these characters' foibles a timeless and unique perspective."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, New Times
"While Cacoyannis' film may not be totally faithful to the master's pen, for literature students and theater lovers, this Cherry Orchard is a rare treat."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"Drags along in a dazed and enervated, drenched-in-the- past numbness."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"Chekhov has never looked or sounded better."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Cacoyannis' vision is far less mature, interpreting the play as a call for pity and sympathy for anachronistic phantasms haunting the imagined glory of their own pasts."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"... a confusing drudgery."
‑ Jordan Reed, Boxoffice Magazine
"Ms. Rampling, still beautiful well into her 50s, has an earth-bound weariness and lively spirit that convey a life fully and tragically lived."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Scrupulously acted (in English), visually perfected and skillfully complemented with Tchaikovsky piano music."
‑ Misha Berson, Seattle Times
"The new film of Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard puts the 'ick' in 'classic.'"
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"It's not a bit stagy, yet it manages to be dazzling theater."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"This story tutors us in the practices of kindness and compassion for those caught up in the trauma of change and loss."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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