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There still is a real Tolstoy family, who live in Yasnaya Polyana in Russia. This film was made with their support and they like the film, although they were surprised that one could laugh about Lev. (If you look closely, you can catch Anastasia Tolstoya, an Oxford graduate, in a short scene at the end of the film.) See more »
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 »
Love and be loved. That's the only reality there is in the world.
He said that?
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 »
During the last year Tolstoy lived wasn't there about to be a great upheaval in the world? The great war was about to start. The Russian revolution was a few years away. There was turmoil and strife in the air everywhere. But not in this movie. Yes, it is about Tolstoy and his life but didn't he live in a world in upheaval that pushed his philosophy? Wasn't there a context??? Not in this movie. This movie was like watching a story that takes place in 1775 without any mention of the revolution about to take place with no mention of the mood of the people. Though this is my main gripe I have others. Overacting, poor story writing among others. This could have been a great movie; the life of the people populating it were of a grand scale. But this movie doesn't do it. It is more of a soap opera than anything else, with people shouting and crying and falling down. What about the literature. Hardly a mention. Don't waste your time; read the books!
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