Based on Anton Chekhov’s famous short story, the film depicts the salacious holiday affair in Yalta between Anna Sergeyevna and Moscow banker Dmitri Gurov.
Following their brief fling, regular life and their respective marriages leave both feeling unsatisfied and haunted. Exploring love and the emotional complexity of romantic affairs, the film received critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival. It was given a Best Participation award at the festival as well as actress Iya Savvina being honoured for her portrayal of Anna Sergeyevna.
Staying true to its Chekovian roots, the film is a brilliant portrayal of one of literature's greatest short stories. The film was nominated for the Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival (1960) and won the Jussi Award for Best Foreign Actor, Jussi Awards (1962).
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