Based on Pushkin's classic tragedy, we follow the adventures of an idle aristocrat who inherits an estate in the country. Going there with the intention of renting out the property, he meets a young woman who catches his eye. She falls for him, but without the desired consequences. He gets involved in a duel with tragic results, and returns to life in the city. Six years later, he meets up with the young lady again, and is smitten....
106 minutes, Parental Guidance (Violence)
Drama, Male conflict & bonding, Romance, On the Art Circuit
Ralph Fiennes, Liv Tyler, Toby Stephens, Lena Headey, Martin Donovan
Peter Eddetgui, Michael Ignatieff, Alexander Pushkin
Dolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
Baby Productions, Rysher Entertainment
South African Media
The MoviesiteIan Douglas
Cape ArgusNazma Dreyer
Cape TimesJean-Pierre Rossouw
The StarJanine Walker
Die BurgerHerman Wasserman
Sunday TimesBarry Ronge
TV3 ScreenplayBarry Ronge
Box Office (USA)Shlomo Schwartzberg
Total Film (UK)Matt Mueller
Film Review (UK)James Cameron-Wilson
Average .. 56%
Ian Douglas: Aimed at the art crowd, the film is period-stylish, but the motivations of the characters don't really make sense, which of course is perfect for creating a tradegy. The ending was disappointing and inconclusive. Liv spends the movie looking moody and dreamy, while Ralph scowls and sulks around as usual.
Neill Venter (33): Beautiful scenes and costumes, but not much of a storyline. At the end of the movie you tend to wonder, now what was that all about?