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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
Andrew Howard
as Peter Trofimov
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Critic Reviews for The Cherry Orchard

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (10)

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.

September 13, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Ms. Rampling, still beautiful well into her 50s, has an earth-bound weariness and lively spirit that convey a life fully and tragically lived.

June 20, 2002 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Cacoyannis is perhaps too effective in creating an atmosphere of dust-caked stagnation and labored gentility.

May 31, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Drags along in a dazed and enervated, drenched-in-the- past numbness.

April 26, 2002 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Scrupulously acted (in English), visually perfected and skillfully complemented with Tchaikovsky piano music.

April 12, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Looking aristocratic, luminous yet careworn in Jane Hamilton's exemplary costumes, Rampling gives a performance that could not be improved upon.

April 4, 2002 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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.

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