Country Life (1995)

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This Australian drama has been adapted from Chekov's +Uncle Vanya. It is set in post WW I Australia at a time when the Aussies were getting ready to break away from England. After his father's death, Jack Dickens sacrificed his literary aspirations to run the family farm. He lives in the old farm house with his aged mother and his plain, soft-spoken niece Sally, who was abandoned by her father Alexander Voysey after her mother, Jack's sister, passed away. Sally suffers unrequited love for Max Askey, the local doctor. Jack sends monthly payments to his brother-law Alexander, an aspiring London literary critic. After secretly dishonoring himself in London, Alexander returns to Australia with his lovely and much younger wife, Deborah. Alexander is a wind-bag and it is plain that Deborah is unhappily married. Jack and the doctor are attracted by the comely woman and vie for her attention at the expense of long suffering and ignored Sally.
Rating: PG13
Genre: Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Romance
Directed By: Michael Blakemore
Written By: Michael Blakemore
In Theaters: wide
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Cast

Sam Neill
as Dr. Max Askey
Greta Scacchi
as Deborah Voysey
John Hargreaves
as Jack Dickens
Kerry Fox
as Sally Voysey
Michael Blakemore
as Alexander Voysey
Patricia Kennedy
as Maude Dickens
Maurie Fields
as Fred Livingstone
Ron Blanchard
as Wally Wells
Bryan Marshall
as Mr. Pettinger
Tony Barry
as Logger
Tom Long
as Billy Livingstone
Ian Bliss
as David Archdale
Colin Taylor
as Mr. Wilson
Ian Cockburn
as Mr. Archdale
Reg Cribb
as Vicar
Derani Scarr
as Woman in Crowd
Owen Buik
as Stationhand
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Audience Reviews for Country Life

Entry in the upmarket Merchant-Ivory school of cinema is the Australian "Country Life," which has been cunningly adapted from Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" by writer/director/thesp Michael Blakemore. Result is a classy item, steeped in a kind of melancholy nostalgia, with solid perfs and a good dose of down-to-earth humor.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

WONDERFUL FILM, WELL CAST, WELL ACTED, WELL PRODUCED, WELL DONE IN EVERY WAY. THE WRITING IS VERY GOOD, NICE DIRECTION. THERE IS NOTHING AT ALL BAD ABOUT THE FILM. ALWAYS INTERESTING.

James Higgins
James Higgins

Country Life went a bit flat for me. I did enjoy Sam Neill's performance and overall it received good reviews from the critics. It is not a bad film with its interesting characters and solid story. It is probably due to my personal tastes. While I appreciate offbeat comedy, I just didn't find much humor in it. In my opinion, a better film with a similar theme of "city girl visits the country" is [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1071769-cold_comfort_farm/"]Cold Comfort Farm[/url].

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