The Cherry Orchard (2000)



Critic Consensus: This adaptation of The Cherry Orchard is too tedious to hold interest.

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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 family's cherry orchard. The international cast also includes Alan Bates as Lyubov's brother Gaev, Katrin Cartlidge as Lyubov's ward Varya, and Michael Gough and Frances de la Tour as the family's servants. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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Charlotte Rampling
as Lyuba Ranevsky
Alan Bates
as Leonid Gaev
Katrin Cartlidge
as Varya Ranevsky
Owen Teale
as Yermolay Lopakhin
Tushka Bergen
as Anya Ranevsky
Melanie Lynskey
as Dunyasha
Andrew Howard
as Peter Trofimov
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Critic Reviews for The Cherry Orchard

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (11)

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.

Full Review… | February 24, 2003
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review… | September 13, 2002
Miami Herald
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Ms. Rampling, still beautiful well into her 50s, has an earth-bound weariness and lively spirit that convey a life fully and tragically lived.

Full Review… | June 20, 2002
Dallas Morning News
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Cacoyannis is perhaps too effective in creating an atmosphere of dust-caked stagnation and labored gentility.

Full Review… | May 31, 2002
Boston Globe
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Drags along in a dazed and enervated, drenched-in-the- past numbness.

Full Review… | April 26, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
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Scrupulously acted (in English), visually perfected and skillfully complemented with Tchaikovsky piano music.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for The Cherry Orchard

Charlotte Rampling is a wonderful actress and Alan Bates was a great actor but this adaptation of Chekhov moves at a crawl and just isn't compelling.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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Gerry plays such a silly part and I don't think I enjoyed this movie as much as I thought I would. Would I see it again? Not too sure.

Joanna Peters
Joanna Peters

This play does go on, doesn't it? I mean, we watch these people totally ignore their situation, unto holding a party while their home is being auctioned out from under them, and nothing happens. They dance and play billiards and walk in the cherry orchard. They argue, often about nothing fathomable, and they ignore everything important that happens around them. Terry Pratchett parodied the various works of Anton Chekov in [i]The Fifth Elephant[/i], the work tonight's title is paraphrased from. One of the three sisters was plotting savage murder on the cherry orchard. That would have made the story interesting. (That's on, mind; it was the trees she was after, not someone under them. Though either way would have been interesting, really.) However, if the library has a version of [i]The Three Sisters[/i], I don't think I'll be bothering with it. Chekov died 103 years ago this month. There's a fair bit more talk of sex, politics, and gender-bending (though I don't know if that's in the play, to be fair) in this than one would expect from an English play of the same time--that wasn't Oscar Wilde, I suppose, Oscar having died 30 November, 1900. I don't get this play. The movie's quite good, if you can make sense of it. The cherry orchard is clearly intended to be deeply symbolic, but I'm not sure what it's symbolic [i]of[/i]. I think it varies from character to character; to Ranyevskaya, it's family and history, to surly merchant guy, it's wealth and power. To the audience, it's confusion and rambling. A review on IMDB suggests that I would like the play better. I, for one, am inclined to doubt. After all, the [i]words[/i] are the same, and the words are half the problem. I don't care enough about these people to care about this movie.

Edith Nelson
Edith Nelson

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