Days and Nights
Reckless desire wreaks havoc over Memorial Day weekend as a family confronts the volatile and fragile nature of love. A modern retelling of Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull", set in rural New England.
Based on Chekhov's "The Seagull," this is the story of a group of family and friends who have gotten together in 1984 at the country cabin of Herb, an older man with AIDS. Herb is played by William Hurt, in his patented laid-back mode. His once famous actress sister (Allison Janney) is making a Norma Desmond type appearance, arriving by train along with her new husband, a famous movie director (played by the film's real director, Christian Camargo.) Also in attendance, Ben Whishaw as Janney's "artistic" son, and several other famous players (Katie Holmes, Jean Reno, Michael Nyqvist, Cherry Jones etc.) This is a chamber piece in the mode of Robert Altman lite. But even though the actors are splendid and the direction adequate, somehow the film seems familiar and dated. And a little pretentious.
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