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Release Date: January 01, 1970
Runtime: 117 minutes
Distributor: Sony Picture Classics
Director: Louis Malle
Producer: Fred Berner
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Wallace Shawn is superb as the whining and impotent Vanya. Brooke Smith also gives a wonderful performance as Sonya. The actors wear modern clothing, and there is no scenery and few props, giving the play an informal atmosphere. This contemporary setting indicates that the emotional situations and ideas expressed are relevant to modern life. The characters, however, complain constantly, resigned to self-inflicted suffering and seeming to prefer their empty, joyless lives. This play is well-written and the movie well-directed, but this fails to make up for the overwhelming hopelessness that the characters demonstrate.