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The Kreutzer Sonata (2008)

R | | Drama | 20 June 2008 (UK)
Based on "The Kreutzer Sonata" by Leo Tolstoy.

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A film by Bernard Rose, based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy with music by Ludwig Van Beethoven. Edgar Hudson meets Abby, a concert pianist, at a dinner party. Abby is involved with someone else but that doesn't stop the two from acting upon their strong attraction to one another. They start to sneak around but it's not long before they realize they should be together. Soon after Abby breaks up with her boyfriend, she becomes pregnant with Edgar's child - something that was not planned. Flash forward four years. Abby is now Mrs. Edgar Hudson, a resident of Beverly Hills and the mother of two children. In turn, Edgar is now the man who has everything; vast wealth, a gorgeous wife and two beautiful children. Unfortunately, the significant changes in Abby's life have made being a pianist, her true passion, a distant memory thus making her restless and unfulfilled. Her unhappiness is all too apparent, but instead of talking about it, Edgar chooses to ignore it. Edgar tries to cheer Abby up ... Written by Independent

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Title Card: In 1888 Leo Tolstoy heard a performance of Ludwig Van Beethoven's Opus 47 Duet for piano and violin in his house in Moscow. Also present were the distinguished painter Repin and the actor Andreyev-Burlak. / The music so impressed Tolstoy that he proposed that the three artists should create works inspired by the music to be presented together. / Only Tolstoy completed his part of the bargain. The tale he wrote scandalized society and was banned from publication. For many years it ...
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Read my share of Tolstoy, but...
26 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

I've read my share of Tolstoy, but it is hard to envision the novella from this thoroughly modernized version. Nonetheless, this was a very engaging film. Some of the things that were heavily criticized, I found highly effective, such as the voice-over throughout the movie. Danny Huston sort of underplayed the role, letting the narration and plot define the anguish of his character. And I cannot say enough about Elisabeth Rohm, and how she brought her character to life. Her portrayal of Abby did not always leave me liking her (Abby), but it always had me believing her. And this is aside from Miss Rohm's beauty, which was even downplayed a bit. The film's ending was telegraphed from the beginning, so you couldn't call it suspenseful, but it held my interest throughout. Definitely worth checking out.


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