Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Last Station (2009)

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?

Mo says:


  1. The best part of movie was the beginning title :

    Anything I know
    I know because I love

    (peace and war)

    "In Time magazine's compilation of 125 lists of the 10 greatest novels of all time, War and Peace and Anna Karenina placed first and third."(R.Ebert review)

    Quite interesting but true!

  2. Was the beginning subtitle true?