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The Last Station

2010-04-01 09:15
The Last Station

What it's about:

After almost fifty years of marriage, the Countess Sofya, Leo Tolstoy’s devoted wife, passionate lover, muse and secretary - she’s copied out War and Peace six times by hand - suddenly finds her entire world turned upside down. In the name of his newly created religion, the great Russian novelist has renounced his noble title, his property and even his family in favour of poverty, vegetarianism and even celibacy, that after the Countess had born him thirteen children.

When Sofya discovers that Tolstoy’s trusted disciple, Chertkov (whom she despises), may secretly have convinced her husband to sign a new will, leaving the rights to his iconic novels to the Russian people rather than to his family, she is consumed by outrage. Using every bit of cunning and every trick of seduction in her considerable arsenal, she fights fiercely for what she believes is rightfully hers.

What the critics thought:

"A movie you can admire but rarely enjoy."
- David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]

"Mirren and Plummer make Leo and Sofya Tolstoy more vital than you might expect in a historical picture."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"A lovely quicksilver version of literary history, with the accent on young love that emerges unbidden, and old love that endures."
- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

"It’s the most emotionally naked work of Mirren’s movie career; she gives poetic form to the madness and the violence of commonplace jealousy."
- David Denby, New Yorker

A historical drama that illustrates Russian author Leo Tolstoy's struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things.

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