Two Women

Film, Drama
3 out of 5 stars
Two Women

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

This restrained adaptation of a 1855 Turgenev play features a superb performance by Ralph Fiennes (speaking Russian)

Impressively, Ralph Fiennes learned Russian to star in this adaptation of Turgenev’s 1855 play ‘A Month in the Country’. And he fits in seamlessly with a cast of native speakers, playing Rakitin, the suave family friend visiting a country estate who becomes infatuated with the lady of the manor, brittle and restless Natalya (Anna Vartanyan). While her landowner husband is busy running the place, she is drawn towards a young student from Moscow (Nikita Volkov), hired as a tutor for the summer – and causing a stir with her teenage ward (Anna Levanova). Keeping up? 

The locations are idyllic and the performances period-appropriately restrained. As filmmaking goes, ‘Two Women’ is no-frills, but stage actress Vartanyan has the emotionally marooned heroine down pat; while Fiennes, with his delicate performance, skilfully illustrating years of yearning behind strenuously maintained decorum, gives an acting masterclass.

By: Trevor Johnston

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Release details

Rated:
U
Duration:
104 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Vera Glagoleva
Cast:
Ralph Fiennes
Sylvie Testud