The Cherry Orchard

(Greece/France/Cyprus, 1999, 141 minutes)

At the turn of the 19th century, an exiled Russian aristocrat returns to her homeland to find her estate close to bankruptcy and the world changing faster than she would like to. Uneven adaptation of a classic play, with an awkward, over-fussy quality that, however, does not detract from the care with which it has been treated or the generally high quality of the performances.

A Melanda Film Productions presentation/production, in association with The Greek Film Centre, Amanda Productions and Films de l'Astre, with the participation of Canal Plus. Starring Charlotte Rampling, Alan Bates, Katrin Cartlidge, Owen Teale, Tushka Bergen, Xander Berkeley, Gerald Butler, Andrew Howard, Melanie Lynskey, Ian McNeice;  with Frances de la Tour; and Michael Gough. Directed and produced by Michael Cacoyannis; screenplay by Michael Cacoyannis, based on the play by Anton Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard; music by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; director of photography (Cinemagic), Aris Stavrou; production designer, Dionysis Fotopoulos; costume supervisor, Jane Hamilton; film editors, Michael Cacoyannis, Takis Hadzis.


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