Lady with the Dog is based on Anton Chekhov’s most famous short story of the same name. Two separate married holidaymakers, Dmitri Gurov and Anna Sergueevna, go on solo vacation to the Crimean resort town of Yalta. There they find a true romance that was to be a case of right place, wrong time.
In Yalta, Gurov soon becomes bored, and starts to look for a little holiday romance. He has never loved his wife and is keen for yet another opportunity to have fun on the side.
One day, the mysterious Anna appears on the boardwalk – the lady with the dog. She walks alone and refuses to make new acquaintances. But Gurov manages to get her to talk with him.
Soon, the two dive into an affair that lasts far beyond the sunny Crimea. They go their own ways back to Moscow and a provincial Russian town, but can’t stop thinking about each other. And so, this holiday romance changes their lives forever.
Just like Gurov and Anna, Chekhov fell in love with a woman while in Yalta – one Olga Knipper. And just like the forlorn romance in the story, Chekhov and Knipper would stroll together along the Yalta promenade, only to depart and live apart. Perhaps while writing this story about two already married lovers, Chekhov wanted to explore his own feelings of falling in love at the wrong time. Writing this story, suffering from tuberculosis, maybe Chekhov sensed that, like Gurov and Anna, he had fallen in love too late.