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Anna Karenina (2012)

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In late-19th-century Russian high society, St. Petersburg aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky.

Director:

Joe Wright

Writers:

Tom Stoppard (screenplay), Leo Tolstoy (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Macfadyen ... Oblonsky
Eric MacLennan Eric MacLennan ... Matvey
Kelly Macdonald ... Dolly
Theo Morrissey Theo Morrissey ... Grisha Oblonsky
Cecily Morrissey Cecily Morrissey ... Lili Oblonsky
Freya Galpin Freya Galpin ... Masha Oblonsky
Octavia Morrissey Octavia Morrissey ... Tanya Oblonsky
Beatrice Morrissey Beatrice Morrissey ... Vasya Oblonsky
Marine Battier Marine Battier ... Mlle. Roland
Keira Knightley ... Anna Karenina
Guro Nagelhus Schia ... Annushka
Aruhan Galieva Aruhan Galieva ... Aruhan
Jude Law ... Karenin
Carl Grose Carl Grose ... Korney
Bryan Hands Bryan Hands ... Mikhail Slyudin
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Storyline

In 1874, in the Imperial Russia, the aristocratic Anna Karenina travels from Saint Petersburg to Moscow to save the marriage of her brother Prince Oblonsky, who had had a love affair with his housemaid. Anna Karenina has a cold marriage with her husband, Count Alexei Karenin, and they have a son. Anna meets the cavalry officer Count Vronsky at the train station and they feel attracted by each other. Soon she learns that Vronsky will propose to Kitty, who is the younger sister of her sister-in-law Dolly. Anna satisfactorily resolves the infidelity case of her brother and Kitty invites her to stay for the ball. However, Anna Karenina and Vronsky dance in the ball, calling the attention of the conservative society. Soon they have a love affair that will lead Anna Karenina to a tragic fate. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for some sexuality and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ana Karenjina See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$320,690, 18 November 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,816,367

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,929,150
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Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

James McAvoy (Levin), Saoirse Ronan (Kitty), Cate Blanchett (Countess Lydia), Benedict Cumberbatch (Oblonsky), and Andrea Riseborough (Princess Betsy), all of whom had worked with Joe Wright before, turned down roles in the film. They were replaced, respectively, by Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Emily Watson, Matthew Macfadyen, and Ruth Wilson. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the film every time Anna's son's name is spoken, it is uniformly mispronounced in four syllables using some wrong phonemes, whereas in Russian his name has three syllables. See more »

Quotes

Alexei Karenin: It would be a sin to help you destroy yourself.
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Crazy Credits

Count Vronsky is misspelled as "Vronksy" in the end credits. See more »

Connections

Version of Anna Karenina (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Song for a New Life (Masha's Song)
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A failed attempt at creativity
20 December 2012 | by SteveMierzejewskiSee all my reviews

Could someone please explain to me why the director, Joe Wright, chose to film this as stage sets? That was bad enough, but then there is the choreographed dances by office workers with people playing tubas strolling around... I have one more question. Did the director read the book? I mean, this is a serious look at love, morals, and society. Tolstoy asked the big questions and tried to use novels to work out the answers. It certainly was no joke to him. Okay, I understand, this work has been made into films and TV dramas many times. Wright knew he needed a new approach. However, in my opinion, this just wasn't it. After watching the choreographed office scenes, I felt that I could no longer take the film seriously.

I did not expect much from Keira Knightley, as I was afraid she would overact the role. However, she did all right. Not great, but all right. I've never been happy with any of the Annas in any of the adaptations. Garbo may have been the best. I have also never been happy with any of the Vronskys. In this adaptation, I was sad to see that Vronsky, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, was prettier than Anna. He was just too effeminate for me. I didn't see the charisma that he would have to possess in order to make an intelligent woman, like Anna, leave her family. The sense of a strong attraction between the two leads seemed lacking and, without this, the film loses credibility. There were a few touching moments, which is why I rated the film as high as 5, but, for the most part, the action left me, and most of the audience, unmoved.

If you want to see some well-designed sets and costumes, I suppose you can go and watch this, but don't expect to find much depth here, and don't expect to find Tolstoy's novel. Actually, the best advice I can give is to read the novel again. Then, you can decide for yourself if this new adaptation has any merit.


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