Sunday, 12 August 2012

Vitaliy Melnikov : The Admirer - Поклонница (2012)


Director: Vitaliy Melnikov
Cast: Kiril Pirogov, Svetlana Ivanova, Oleg Andreev, Oleg Tabakov

The film is loosely based on a true story, and focuses on 19th-century literary giant Anton Chekhov, one of Russia’s greatest dramatists, taken through the eyes of a woman named Lidia Avilova. She was the author of some stories published in the popular press at the end of the 19th century and is often mentioned as one of Chekhov's many love interests.The whole story is about a love affair that never happened. Chekhov arrives in St. Petersburg already reputed as a literary figure, and meets Lydia Avilova, an admirer of his work. The two quickly fall in love, but the story cannot be a happy one: he is terminally ill with tuberculosis, she is married with two children, and these two upright persons who are endowed with a heightened sense of duty, cannot find a way out of the existential impass...

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