Chekhov tale a strange, compelling success

I’ve always thought the Russians do Chekhov better than anyone, and as I write this I remember how much I enjoyed Nikita Mikhalkov’s adaptations of Unfinished Piece for the Player Piano (1978) and Oblomov (1980). That ability to treat Chekhov lightly, despite the world-weary angst that distinguishes so much of his work, is to be treasured.

Israeli director Dover Koshashvili succeeds well with this adaptation of Chekhov’s novella. It is set in a lakeside town in the Caucasus during summer where Laevsky

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