Two Women (2014 film)

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Two Women
Film poster
Directed byVera Glagoleva
Screenplay bySvetlana Grudovich
Olga Pogodina-Kuzmina
Based onA Month in the Country
1872 play
by Ivan Turgenev
Produced byNatalya Ivanova
StarringAnna Brenner-Vartanyan
Ralph Fiennes
Aleksandr Baluev
CinematographyGints Berzins
Edited byAleksandr Amirov
Music bySergei Banevich
Horosho Production House
Release date
  • August 2014 (2014-08) (Window to Europe Film Festival)[1]
Running time
117 minutes
Budget€ 2,860,000

Two Women (Russian: Две женщины, Dve zhenshchiny) is a 2014 Russian drama film directed by Vera Glagoleva, starring Ralph Fiennes and Sylvie Testud. It is based on Ivan Turgenev's 1872 play A Month in the Country (originally written as Two Women in 1855). The film received mixed reviews from critics.


At the heart of the play lies the love quadrangle. Natalya Petrovna, the wife of the rich landowner Arkady Sergeich Islaev, falls in love with Alexey Nikolayevich Belyaev - a student, teacher Kolya Islaeva.

Mikhail Aleksandrovich Rakitin - a friend of the family, has long loved Natalya Petrovna. Verochka - a pupil of Natalya Petrovna also falls in love with Kolya's teacher. Belyaev and Rakitin eventually leave the estate ...


  • Anna Vartanyan-Astrakhantseva (ru) as Natalya Petrovna Islaeva
  • Ralph Fiennes as Mikhail Aleksandrovich Rakitin
  • Aleksandr Baluev as Arkady Sergeich Islaev
  • Sylvie Testud as Elisavetta Bogdanovna
  • Anna Levanova as Verochka
  • Nikita Volkov as Alexey Nikolayevich Belyaev
  • Larisa Malevannaya as Anna Semenovna Islaeva
  • Bernd Moss as Schaaf
  • Sergey Yushkevich as Ignaty Shpigelsky
  • Vasiliy Mishchenko as Bolshentsov
  • Anna Nahapetova as Katya


Two Women has an approval rating of 89% on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 9 reviews, and an average rating of 6.00/10.[2] It also has a score of 54 out of 100 on Metacritic, based on 4 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[3]

Clarence Tsui of The Hollywood Reporter wrote:

Fiennes' superficial turn (in more ways than one, as his lines ended up overdubbed by a Russian voice actor) is hampered more by circumstances than ability: rather than playing on the multiple possibilities underlining Turgenev's once-transgressive comedy of manners, actress-turned-filmmaker Vera Glagoleva's 21st century take is a po-faced, straitjacketed affair, as she (and her screenwriters Svetlana Grudovich and Olga Pogodina-Kuzima) play out the entangled relationships as excessively affected period drama. While certainly lushly mounted, Two Women is at best a piece of dated heritage cinema, and at worst cliche-ridden pomp.[4]

Awards and nominations[edit]

The film won the Best Feature Film award at the 3rd Hanoi International Film Festival.


  1. ^ Blaney2014-08-05T11:08:00+01:00, Martin. "Depardieu's Viktor to premiere in Russia". Screen.
  2. ^ "Two Women (Mesyats v derevne) (2014)" – via
  3. ^ "Two Women". Metacritic.
  4. ^ Tsui, Clarence (2014-09-18). "'Two Women' ('Dve Zhenshchiny'): Vladivostok Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-06-28.

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