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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric MacLennan ...
Theo Morrissey ...
Cecily Morrissey ...
Lili Oblonsky
Freya Galpin ...
Octavia Morrissey ...
Tanya Oblonsky
Beatrice Morrissey ...
Vasya Oblonsky
Marine Battier ...
Mlle. Roland
Aruhan Galieva ...
Carl Grose ...
Bryan Hands ...
Mikhail Slyudin


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

7 September 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Ana Karenjina  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$320,690 (USA) (16 November 2012)


$12,802,907 (USA) (22 February 2013)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Pattinson was considered to play Count Vronsky. See more »


The movie opens in "1875 Imperial Russia". A few minutes later, a self-propelled model train is seen in action. Clockwork model trains were first introduced by the pioneering German toy company Marklin in 1891. See more »


Alexei Karenin: Do you think I would let you have my son?
Alexei Karenin: You are depraved!
Alexei Karenin: A woman without honor!
Alexei Karenin: And this is what you want!
Alexei Karenin: Do you know what you want?
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Crazy Credits

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


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Style over substance, superficial melodrama
2 January 2013 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Finally the 2 hours were over and I could leave! This is one of the worst movies of the year - save yourself the money and buy the book, if you insist.

What a pretentious, over-the-top melodrama... I felt seriously embarrassed to sit through it. Overall bad performances, possibly created by the director's insistence to try some new style.

Newsflash: It didn't work.

The theater-style setup, constant moving of set pieces, semi-choreography of background characters, constant musical accompaniment and mixing it all with some realistic sets does all but incapacitate whatever seriousness was left in the source material.

If feels like a puppet theater with airs. Razzie please.

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