A faithful adaptation from the short story by Chekhov, LADY WITH THE DOG is a forgotten masterpiece of the Soviet cinema. Told with little dialogue and minimal action, this romantic drama is a bittersweet portrait of a doomed love affair between Dmitri, a bank official, and Anna, a well-to-do young woman. The two fall in love while on vacation in Yalta, but because each is married to someone else, they can see each other only once a year.
Soviet director Iosif Heifitz not only adapts the events of the Chekhov story but captures the legendary writer s restrained tone and atmosphere of desperation. This is a tale of grand passion from another time and another place.