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It is a muggy autumn afternoon. An elderly, gout-ridden professor brings his glamorous and beautiful second wife Yelena to his crumbling rural estate. For Vanya, the estate's caretaker, time has drizzled away in the shadow of the brooding house. Plagued by envy at the professor’s professional and personal success, he is seized by an obsessive love for the vibrant Yelena. The family doctor, Astrov, also sees Yelena as a breath of fresh air. Soaked in vodka and regret, each tries to escape the clutches of their strangled life, and regain the dreams they once had. What follows is a psychological daisy-chain of passion and frustration