If you're going to do Chekhov, you'll need to enlist quite the cast. And director Michael Mayer has done just that for his adaptation of The Seagull: Four-time Academy Award nominee Annette Bening is at the lead, along with three-time Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan and Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss for a tragic comedy about unrequited love.
In this exclusive clip, Masha the steward's daughter (played by Moss) reveals how she will move past her feelings for Boris (Corey Stoll). "I've decided I am going to tear this love out of my heart. Just going to rip it out by the roots," she says over a boozy afternoon tea, revealing her plan to marry another man.
"I think that's overdoing it," Boris replies.
"Is it? Loving without hope, waiting for years for something that will never come-- You don't know what I've been feeling," Masha weepily tells him. "At least when I'm married I'll have new troubles to blot out the old ones, right? Anything for a change."
Watch the trailer for The Seagull:
Here is the movie's official synopsis:
"One summer at a lakeside Russian estate, friends and family gather for a weekend in the countryside. While everyone is caught up in passionately loving someone who loves somebody else, a tragicomedy unfolds about art, fame, human folly, and the eternal desire to live a purposeful life."