There’s drama aplenty for the travelling theatre company Chekhov Cabaret. The actors share the good times and the bad as a nomadic tribe where work and private life always mingle. They don’t mince words, these obstreperous actors with a sardonic sense of humour.
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A wonderful film that will visually and emotionally devour you. Lea Fehner balances poetry and crudeness, lightness and aching pain, violence and tenderness with a sense of totality and generosity that is rarely seen.
Very much in the vein of a Robert Altman type film experience. Great interest is drawn in watching these characters go through such exalted highs and then crushing lows. Quite fascinating and yet sobering about the troubled life of a group of traveling french actors. Loved it.
Wonderful second film from director Lea Fehner that follows a gypsy like theatrical troupe performing Chekhov submersing us into their not so conventional family atmosphere. Scripting is excellent (Fehner, Catherine Paille and Brigitte Sy) as is the wonderful troupe of actors performing here especially Marion Bouvarel and Francois Fehner. Brings to mind the work of Tony Gatlif amongst others.
Great stuff! An aura of verisimilitude hangs over this one - i had to look up Léa Fehner's pedigree afterwards, sure enough she grew up with a travelling troupe and it stars her father and sister. Some great scenes, about an hour's worth of arguments, but bawdy, lawless, colourful fun mixed up with a large dose of melancholy.
One of the best movies I've seen in a very long time. I felt I knew all the characters even those the film spends very little time on. I understood their hopes and dreams and the realities of life that had brought them to this point in time. Funny. Sad. Touching. Infuriating. The gamut of emotions one feels, hating those we love and welcoming them back with open arms and an open heart.
The film is so sincere and powerful in its conveying the feelings, the drama. I think it is because the director has chosen to tell the story she knows best. I have learnt from another commentator that she herself grew up with a travelling troupe together with her father and sister. I am eager to watch her other works.
The theatrical scene presaged an ensemble of libertine cabaret, massive fireworks and soulful melodies. So it was quite a disappointment when the poetry vanished and all the arguments in this chaotic melodrama, glorified chaos, revolted around pretty insubstantial stuff. The troupe did not bode well either with their often lack of character depth.