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ANNA KARENINA

 
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At Theaters: 11/16/2012 On Video: 2/19/2013
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 10 min.
Internet: None Found Movie ID: 600007
Studio: Focus Features
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En route to Moscow to visit her bother, Anna makes the acquiantance of Countess Vronsky. Countess Vronsky is met at the train station by her son. Mutual sparks between Anna and Vronsky.
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Drama - This is an adaptation of the classic novel of the same name, but it takes an unusual approach in having it all play out in the space of an empty theatre. This is a big showcase for star Keira Knightley. Some sexuality and violence make the film inappropriate for kids who likely will not be interested.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Keira Knightley SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD
Jude Law 360, SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS, CONTAGION
Aaron Taylor-Johnson SAVAGES, THE ILLUSIONIST
Kelly MacDonald BRAVE, CHOKE, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
Matthew Macfadyen THE THREE MUSKETEERS, FROST/NIXON
Director: Joe Wright HANNA, THE SOLOIST, ATONEMENT, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
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Production Notes Heading
From Novel to Screenplay to Unique Setting
Company Convenes
Friends and Family
All The Stage Is A World
Lights, Camera, and More
The Looks of Love
Moving Images
A Field
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PROFANITY: 2 miscellaneous profanities.
SEX/NUDITY: Sex and unrelated nudity.
VIOLENCE: A man cut in half; some hits and falls.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Some comic lines and physical humor.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good As a one-time devotee of Russian literature, I was suitably diverted and occasionally impressed.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Above Average This is a sumptuous film — extravagantly staged and photographed, perhaps too much so for its own good.

USA Today Full Review
Above Average Though energetic, daring and gorgeous to behold, this re-imagining of Tolstoy's classic tale lacks a viable sense of passion, holding the characters at arm's length and glossing over social issues.

Entertainment Weekly Full Review
Excellent Wright's "Anna Karenina" sings, dances and finally soars, even as its legendary heroine plunges to her most self-destructive depths.

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The time is 1874. Vibrant and beautiful, Anna Karenina (Ms. Knightley) has what any of her contemporaries would aspire to; she is the wife of Karenin (Jude Law), a high-ranking government official to whom she has borne a son, and her social standing in St. Petersburg could scarcely be higher. She journeys to Moscow after a letter from her philandering brother Oblonsky (Matthew Macfadyen) arrives, asking for Anna to come and help save his marriage to Dolly (Kelly Macdonald). En route, Anna makes the acquaintance of Countess Vronsky (Olivia Williams), who is then met at the train station by her son, the dashing cavalry officer Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). When Anna is introduced to Vronsky, there is a mutual spark of instant attraction that cannot - and will not - be ignored.

The Moscow household is also visited by Oblonsky's best friend Levin (Domhnall Gleeson), an overly sensitive and compassionate landowner. Levin is in love with Dolly's younger sister Kitty (Alicia Vikander). Inopportunely, he proposes to Kitty but she is infatuated with Vronsky. Devastated, Levin returns to his Pokrovskoe estate and throws himself into farm work. Kitty herself is heartbroken when, at a grand ball, Vronsky only has eyes for Anna and the married woman reciprocates the younger man's interest.

Anna struggles to regain her equilibrium by rushing home to St. Petersburg, where Vronsky follows her. She attempts to resume her familial routine, but is consumed by thoughts of Vronsky. A passionate affair ensues, which scandalizes St. Petersburg society. Karenin is placed in an untenable position and is forced to give his wife an ultimatum. In attempting to attain happiness, the decisions Anna makes pierce the veneer of an image-obsessed society, reverberating with romantic and tragic consequences that dramatically change her and the lives of all around her.

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