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A historical drama that illustrates Russian author Leo Tolstoy's struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things.

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The Countess Sofya, wife and muse to Leo Tolstoy, uses every trick of seduction on her husband's loyal disciple, whom she believes was the person responsible for Tolstoy signing a new will that leaves his work and property to the Russian people. Written by IMDb Editors

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Intoxicating. Infuriating. Impossible. Love.


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Rated R for a scene of sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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26 February 2010 (USA)  »

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€13,000,000 (estimated)

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$94,093 (USA) (15 January 2010)

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$6,615,578 (USA) (11 June 2010)
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Christopher Plummer was 80 during the filming, just 2 years younger than Tolstoy was in the period depicted in the film. The director Michael Hoffman really liked the fact that Christopher Plummer could play his own age. See more »

Goofs

When Sofya is looking into Leo Tolstoy's diary it is written in modern Russian orthography which was not used at that time. See more »

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Valentin: Love and be loved. That's the only reality there is in the world.
Masha: He said that?
Valentin: Yes, Tolstoy said it, but l'm saying it.
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Special thanks to Samantha - Atticus - Phoebe - Olivia Jade - Joseph - Jasper Rosa - Richard - Cathy - Ben - Leo See more »

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Featured in 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2010) See more »

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Gente, gente, all'armi, all'armi
from "Le nozze di Figaro"
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Mariano Stabile (as Stabile), Ezio Pinza (as Pinza), Aulikki Rautawaara (as Rautawaara), Esther Rethy (as Rethy), Jarmila Novotna (as Novotna), Virgilio Lazzari (as Lazzari), Angelica Cravcenko (as Cravcenko), Chor der Wiener Staatsoper (as Chorus of the Vienna State Opera)/Wiener Philharmoniker (as Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra)
Conducted by Bruno Walter
Licensed Courtesy of Istituto Discografico Italiano.
Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte (uncredited)
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A very enjoyable movie
3 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There is nothing to fault in this movie, really, and pretty much everything to praise.

The script is very good. The characters are fleshed out and developed in complexity as the movie goes along. You continue to learn more about them, see more facets of their character.

And they are realized by first-rate performances. There is not a weak one in the batch.

The direction is also very fine. There is not really much of a plot here; it's more of a character study. Still, the director keeps things moving along, never veering into the sentimental or the cute. You grow to like these characters a lot, but there is no attempt to yank your emotions.

My only very slight reservation about this movie is just a personal preference. I went into it knowing virtually nothing about Tolstoy's life or the movement that was developed out of his later writings. I would have appreciated a little dialogue somewhere explaining more about that. I realize, however, that that is not the norm in modern movies, and I certainly had no problems following what was going on without it. Viewers such as myself will just have to go read a book about Tolstoy for that additional information, which is certainly not a bad thing.

This is not a film for the ages, a Citizen Kane or a Rules of the Game, a Potemkin or such. Still, it is a very well-crafted movie, one that I could easily watch again with no diminished pleasure. One that, as well, I can recommend to anyone who enjoys good acting and watching interesting characters being developed by and through it.


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