from the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation
Preserving the text of the play, the amazing dialogues, the brilliant characters,
we have transposed the action into today’s Russian provinces and changed only
one thing: the age of the heroes. In Anton Chekhov’s play the heroines are aged
around 25; now they are 55. What does that do? The heroes’ retorts, stylistically
inappropriate from today’s twenty-year-olds, are absolutely organic for the older
generation, the ‘Soviet’ intelligentsia. The problems of Chekhov’s classical work
concerning the search for a meaning in life, the loss of ideals, the fear before
death without having achieved anything in the world, the desire to be useful to
others – all these things are also a typical attribute of the Soviet intelligentsia.
The fi lm brings out the continuity of Russian culture and the fear to lose the
link between generations. Chekhov’s carefully recreated play is shown in the
language of contemporary cinema that will allow the spectators to see afresh
the axiomatic text and realize its continued urgency.