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.
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
User Reviews: Based on the novel by the Russian author, Leo Tolstoy, the story is set in the 19th century Russia where an aristocratic, married woman, has an affair and becomes the talk of the high society which she is so much use to. Starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaroon Taylor Johnson, Emily Watson and Mathew Macfadyen, the movie is Directed by Joe Wright and Written by Tom Stoppard, while the music score is by Dario Marianelli.
Keira Knightley, who is probably remembered for her character, "Elizabeth Swann ," in the movie, "Pirates of the Caribbean" and the football playing girl, Juliette Paxton in "Bend it Like Beckham," has well played as the titled character and the aristocratic woman while Jude Law as "Alexei Karenin" is also very convincing as is Aaron Taylor Johnson as " Count Vronsky." Joe Wright, mostly known for Directing TV series such as "Bob and Rose" and films such as "Pride and Prejudice," "Atonement" and "The Soloist," has managed, not just to recreate 19th century Russia on the celluloid but also where atmosphere is concerned and above all, he manages to keep the audience glued. Writer, Tom Stoppard, known for writing scripts for movies such as, "Shakespeare in Love," "Brazil," "The Russia House" and "Empire of the Sun." has written the script of this which depicts the story as a stage drama scenes being shown as if they were on a stage and this may be a downfall in this and somehow, with this, he manages to keep the audience glued to screen and seats. Dario Marianelli’s music score is a strength to this screen version of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel.
Some, and in particular, those who are not familiar with Tolstoy’s stories, may find it difficult to know what is happening as like most of his novels, concentration is a must and others may get irritated by the way the story is told stage drama. This is a movie that may make you wish that you had brought a packet of tissues as there is a lot of emotions involved.
A worth while watching movie if you like reading Leo Tolstoy.