In this adaptation of the Anton Chekhov an aging actress and her son, a rising writer, butt heads over their art, societal place, and choice of romantic interests. As a holiday by the lake unfolds so do their dysfunctions and fears.
This film is really for a niche audience. If you don’t like plays, skip it. If you don’t like meditations on growing old, skip it. If you don’t like films about the nature of an artist’s struggle, skip it.
However, if you are the sort of person who loves a long play full of words, words, and more words, with hardly an event taking place, this movie might be for you. If you are an artist and you understand the conflict that can grow when you desire some one’s artistic admiration but are denied it, you may like this movie. If you find yourself afraid that life has passed you by and you have to grasp at every moment as a last ditch effort to wring something out of this life, you might really enjoy this film.
This movie really is kind of a ‘meh,” for me. It has couple of shining lights, Annette Bening’s (20th Century Women) and Corey Stoll’s (House of Cards) performances for one, but overall, there just isn’t much to grab the attention here.
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