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At Theaters: 1/15/2010 On Video: 6/22/2010
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 52 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 549969
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
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Countess Sofya, wife and muse to her husband Leo Tolstoy, suspects that his faithful disciple tricked him into signing a will leaving all his work and property to a Russian company.
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Drama - This is a serious, fact-based period drama about the end of Russian author Leo Tolstoy's life. Fans of stars Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, and James McAvoy should be pleased with the meaty material they get to play here.
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Helen Mirren STATE OF PLAY, INKHEART
Christopher Plummer THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS, 9, UP
Paul Giamatti DUPLICITY, FRED CLAUS, SHOOT 'EM UP
Anne-Marie Duff FRENCH FILM, IS ANYBODY THERE?
Kerry Condon UNLEASHED
James McAvoy WANTED, PENELOPE, ATONEMENT, BECOMING JANE
Director: Michael Hoffman THE EMPEROR'S CLUB
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From Director/Screenwriter Michael Hoffman
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Casting The Film
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PROFANITY: Very few miscellaneous profanities.
SEX/NUDITY: Sex with related nudity.
VIOLENCE: None.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Tobacco.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: None.
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After almost fifty years of marriage, the Countess Sofya, Leo Tolstoy's devoted wife, passionate lover, muse, and collaborator, suddenly finds her 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 favor of poverty, vegetarianism and even celibacy.

Sofya is consumed by righteous outrage when she discovers that Tolstoy's trusted disciple, Vladimir Chertkov, whom she despises, may have secretly convinced her husband to sign a new will. The document would give the rights to his works to the Russian people rather than his own family. Using every bit of cunning, every trick of seduction in her considerable arsenal, she fights fiercely for what she believes is rightfully hers. The more extreme her behavior becomes, however, the more easily Chertkov is able to persuade Tolstoy of the damage she will do to his glorious legacy. The conflict becomes so intense, that Tolstoy, at 82 years old, the world's biggest media celebrity, runs away from home in the middle of the night, and his wife rents a train and follows him across Russia.

Into this minefield wanders Tolstoy's worshipful new assistant, naive Valentin Bulgakov. He becomes a pawn, first of the scheming Chertkov and then of the wounded, vengeful Sofya as each plots to undermine the others' gains. Complicating Valentin's life even further is the overwhelming passion he feels for Masha, a free-thinking adherent of Tolstoy's ideals whose unconventional attitudes toward sex and love both compel and confuse him. Infatuated with Tolstoy's notions of ideal love, but mystified by the Tolstoys' rich and turbulent marriage, Valentin is ill-equipped to deal with the complications of love in the real world.

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