Director: Michael Hoffman. Cast: James McAvoy, Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, Paul Giamatti, Kerry Condon. 122 min. Rated R. Germany/Russia/UK. Historical.
The problem with watching any Russian-based story, is that the Cold War cinema made us so biased towards these characters (forcing us to expect unemotional people living in gloomy landscapes), nothing appears to be Russian enough. Regardless, the story which is based on Tolstoy's final days, is able to grab attention, and is triumphant in proving that love is truly selfish. The past years have made me wonder what an incredible actress Helen Mirren is. But this movie makes you wonder: Was Tolstoy really like that?