Cannes 2022 Screening Notes: Tchaikovsky’s Spouse Is Beguiling


Director: Kirill Serebrennikov
Author: Kirill Serebrennikov
Odin Biron, Elenev Nikita, Ekaterina Ermishina, Philipp Avdeev, Aloyna Mikhailova
Vladislav Opelyants 
Yuriy Fedorov

Tchaikovsky’s Spouse is a feverish, hypnotic, beguiling movie a couple of disobedient girl. The movie is ready in 19th century Russia and focuses on the deeply dysfunctional marriage between the legendary Swan Lake composer and his spouse Antonina Miliukova – a former music pupil who turns into obsessive about him. When he first visits her in her condo, she threatens to kill herself in the event that they don’t marry and her ardour solely grows extra lunatic. She refuses to both settle for that her husband is likely to be inquisitive about males or accuse him of infidelity in order that they are often divorced (required on the time for separation), even after he says that he finds her repellent and units fireplace to their mattress to get her out of it.

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Antonina may have come off as a extra elegant and ennobled model of Glenn Shut in Deadly Attraction or Shah Rukh Khan in Darr however dissident Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov builds her inexplicable infatuation right into a type of grand defiance. Antonina, performed with good manic depth by Alyona Mikhailova, turns into heroic in her persistence. It’s obscure what led to such insanity (she died in an insane asylum) however it’s admirable.

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