Chekhovian Motifs Kira Muratova

Kira Muratova Retrospective

Comedy – UA/RU, 2002, 120' – V.O.: Russian – Subtitles: Portuguese, English


The film is called Chekhovian Motifs because it is based on two of Anton Chekhov’s lesser-known texts, the short story Difficult People and the parody play Tatiana Repina. The two proto-plots are attached to each other by means of a character from the first one, a young man (Filipp Panov) who gets involved in a row with his father over money, leaves the house, and meets, on his way to a station, a guest hurrying to the wedding from Tatiana Repina. About 40 per cent of the screen time is then given to a “life-size” (and seemingly larger-than-life) reproduction of an Orthodox wedding ritual, interlaced, just as in Chekhov’s joke of a play, with inappropriately random conversations of the guests.