Anton Chekhov's The Duel

Anton Chekhov's The Duel

Anton Chekhov's The Duel

Period drama based on Chekhov's 1891 novella. 

"The Duel gives pictorial life to a classic Chekhovian tale and brings much shrewd understanding to its ageless tale of temperamentally opposed 20-somethings acting out. Laevsky, a moody young aristocrat, and Nadya, his fickle (married) mistress, have retreated from the city to a summering spot by the Black Sea. Their growing mutual tetchiness catches the disapproving eye of Van Koren, a handsome zoologist (and avid Darwinian) working nearby. Shot gorgeously, in limpid, deep hues, in Croatia, the film is performed acutely well by a perfect ensemble of mainly English and Irish actors." (NZ International Film Festival 2011)

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Reviews & comments

True to it's genre.

As heavy and ponderous as a Russian novel. O wait! It is a Russian novel. Terrific acting and directing,heart-breakingly beautiful costuming and location, this movie really brings Chekov's novel alive. But don't go if you can't bring yourself to read Russian literature or you may find this less entertainment more a chore. I loved it!

just okay...

It somehow isn't as exciting as a duel over a woman should be. If you're not well rested before entering the theater, it could put you under.

2.0
Variety

Variety

press

This worthy follow-up to Kosashvili's brilliant "Late Marriage" should delight auds worldwide.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Once again, Mr. Kosashvili mixes moments of bitterness and laughter with strong dramatic passages, creating a social milieu in The Duel that is believably inhabited, consistently surprising and true-feeling in detail and sweep.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Somehow isn't as exciting as a duel over a woman should be.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

If it weren't for the masterful work of director Dover Kosashvili, this rich, evocative film wouldn't have nearly the impact it does.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The performances are excellent all around, with Scott mesmerizing as the emotionally volatile Laevsky and the gorgeous Glascott making vividly clear why her character drives all the surrounding men to distraction.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

It's a pleasure simply to linger in the characters' company, or at least to watch them from just far enough away to observe them without being judged in return.

Variety

Variety

press

This worthy follow-up to Kosashvili's brilliant "Late Marriage" should delight auds worldwide.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Once again, Mr. Kosashvili mixes moments of bitterness and laughter with strong dramatic passages, creating a social milieu in The Duel that is believably inhabited, consistently surprising and true-feeling in detail and sweep.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Somehow isn't as exciting as a duel over a woman should be.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

If it weren't for the masterful work of director Dover Kosashvili, this rich, evocative film wouldn't have nearly the impact it does.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The performances are excellent all around, with Scott mesmerizing as the emotionally volatile Laevsky and the gorgeous Glascott making vividly clear why her character drives all the surrounding men to distraction.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

It's a pleasure simply to linger in the characters' company, or at least to watch them from just far enough away to observe them without being judged in return.

True to it's genre.

As heavy and ponderous as a Russian novel. O wait! It is a Russian novel. Terrific acting and directing,heart-breakingly beautiful costuming and location, this movie really brings Chekov's novel alive. But don't go if you can't bring yourself to read Russian literature or you may find this less entertainment more a chore. I loved it!

just okay...

It somehow isn't as exciting as a duel over a woman should be. If you're not well rested before entering the theater, it could put you under.

2.0