Country Life (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

Country Life (1995)




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This Australian drama has been adapted from Chekov's +Uncle Vanya. It is set in post WW I Australia at a time when the Aussies were getting ready to break away from England. After his father's death, Jack Dickens sacrificed his literary aspirations to run the family farm. He lives in the old farm house with his aged mother and his plain, soft-spoken niece Sally, who was abandoned by her father Alexander Voysey after her mother, Jack's sister, passed away. Sally suffers unrequited love for Max Askey, the local doctor. Jack sends monthly payments to his brother-law Alexander, an aspiring London literary critic. After secretly dishonoring himself in London, Alexander returns to Australia with his lovely and much younger wife, Deborah. Alexander is a wind-bag and it is plain that Deborah is unhappily married. Jack and the doctor are attracted by the comely woman and vie for her attention at the expense of long suffering and ignored Sally.

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Sam Neill
as Dr. Max Askey
Greta Scacchi
as Deborah Voysey
John Hargreaves
as Jack Dickens
Kerry Fox
as Sally Voysey
Michael Blakemore
as Alexander Voysey
Patricia Kennedy
as Maude Dickens
Maurie Fields
as Fred Livingstone
Ron Blanchard
as Wally Wells
Bryan Marshall
as Mr. Pettinger
Tony Barry
as Logger
Tom Long
as Billy Livingstone
Ian Bliss
as David Archdale
Colin Taylor
as Mr. Wilson
Ian Cockburn
as Mr. Archdale
Reg Cribb
as Vicar
Derani Scarr
as Woman in Crowd
Owen Buik
as Stationhand
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Critic Reviews for Country Life

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Country Life may not be the deepest Vanya I have seen, but it is the funniest, bringing out the play's buried potential for farce as well as tragedy.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Take it on its own terms and you have a fascinating commentary on Vanya.

December 6, 2017 | Full Review…

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