La Mouette (The Seagull) is a classic play by Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov, written in 1895 and first produced in 1896. Generally considered to be the first of his four major plays. It dramatises the romantic and artistic conflicts between four characters: the famous middlebrow story writer Boris Trigorin (André Dussolier), the ingenue Nina (Juliette Binoche), the fading actress Irina Arkadina (Macha Meril), and her son the symbolist playwright Konstantin Tréplev (Jean-Philippe Ecoffey).
Directed by Andrei Konchalovsky, La Mouette ran at the Odeon theatre in Paris, staged by Theatre de l"Europe in the French language to rave reviews.
"The Seagull" by Chekhov has to do with that feeling of nostalgia for a world that no longer exists but which nevertheless still resonates in memory like a symphony", commented Konchalovsky, "Each character has a dream that is never realised, but without knowing the exact nature of what that dream means. Everyone aspires to something but they don't know what."
1988 news report (FR)