Onegin

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Onegin Review


Barry Lyndon meets Doctor Zhivago. And not in a good way.

Russkie aristocat Eugene Onegin (Fiennes) finds himself the unwilling target of Tatiana's (Tyler) love. He rejects her, misunderstandings ensue, duels are fought, tears are wept, everyone is bummed, end of film. Much of Onegin is shot in mute silence, probably an overwrought symbol of some kind I was too lazy to pick up on. The filmmakers are blatant Merchant-Ivory wannabes, and the story of Onegin is so not worth telling that one struggles to stay awake for even a fraction of the running time. Thank God for the lush photography, even if the sound is turned off.

On the acting front, Tyler again proves she has all the talent of a rock star's daughter (er, wait a minute), and the bulk of the film comes off as a showcase for Fiennes handsome mug.... which sounds strange until you discover the director is his sister.

How do you like that for symbolism?



Onegin

Facts and Figures

Run time: 106 mins

In Theaters: Friday 19th November 1999

Distributed by: Samuel Goldwyn Films

Production compaines: CanWest Global Communications Corporationt, Onegin Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 1.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 48%
Fresh: 13 Rotten: 14

IMDB: 6.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Onegin, as Tatyana, as Lensky, as Olga, as Prince Nikitin

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