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The Seagull

  • Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Saoirse Ronan, Annette Bening
  • Director: Michael Mayer
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 98 min.

An aging actress named Irina Arkadina pays summer visits to her brother Pjotr Nikolayevich Sorin and her son Konstantin on a country estate. On one occasion, she brings Trigorin, a successful novelist, with her. Nina, a free and innocent girl on a neighboring estate, falls in love with Boris Trigorin. As Trigorin lightly consumes and rejects Nina, so the actress all her life has consumed and rejected her son, who loves Nina. The victims are destroyed while the sophisticates continue on their way.

"An enticing, amusing and passionate showcase for its top-drawer cast led by a once-again superb Annette Bening."
- Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"You can feel the heat, temperature and otherwise, in Michael Mayer's sultry screen adaptation of Anton Chekhov's classic 1896 play."
- Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"It captures the true sense of humanism at the very soul of the story, which reflects both the lightness and the true darkness of life."
- Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service
"Bening and Stoll, in particular, find all the wit, vanity, vulnerability and casual cruelty there is to be found here."
- Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"The Seagull, true to its author, turns life into art that's bold enough to ask, 'How shall we live?' and brave enough to answer, 'With great difficulty.'"
- Ella Taylor, NPR
"The true magic of the film lies in its performances. Bening is the best she's ever been as the vain, aging stage actress, with a perfectly naïve Ronan as Nina just discovering her sexual power."
- Dana Schwartz, Entertainment Weekly
"The Seagull is both laugh out loud hilarious and tragically sad, sometimes in the same scene"
- Brandon Katz, New York Observer
"The best reason to check out the film is for Saoirse Ronan's tender, wrenching performance as the lovelorn Nina, and, especially, for Annette Bening's fantastic turn as Irina..."
- Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Although the action, set in the early 1900s, unfolds almost entirely in and around a Russian lakeside estate, the film rarely feels static or stagy, with enough brisk editing, active camerawork and intimate framing to make for satisfying cinema. "
- Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times