A new arrival at the seaside resort of Yalta awakens old desires in Dmitry Gurov, who soon finds himself entangled in a life-altering love affair. Celebrated Russian director Kama Ginkas works with American actors for the first time to stage his adaptation of Chekhov's romantic and poignant story.
At the fashionable Black Sea resort of Yalta, Dmitry Gurov has an affair with a young, married woman whom he has seen walking her white Pomeranian along the promenade. This "lady with a lapdog," Anna Sergeyevna, takes their romance seriously. To Gurov, however, it seems like just another fleeting affair. When Anna goes back to her small provincial town and Gurov returns to his wife and children in Moscow, he expects his memories of her to fade. But he can't get Anna out of his mind. Telling his wife he has business in St. Petersburg, Gurov goes to Anna's town. His trip changes both of their lives forever.