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Anna Karenina (I) (2012)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  7 September 2012 (UK)
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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 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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Drama | Romance

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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The soundtrack for several of the country scenes makes use of a Russian folk song that was also adapted (but without the words) by Tchaikovsky in his Fourth Symphony, written in the same period as was Tolstoy's novel. 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 »


Anna Karenina: I was eighteen when I got married, but it was not love.
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Crazy Credits

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


Version of Love (1927) See more »


Masha's Song
Performed by Tannishtha Chatterjee
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Contrived, forced and pretentious, this movie is over worked
7 September 2012 | by (London, East Grinstead) – See all my reviews

It took me about an hour to stop being irritated by the movie's self consciousness, to sort of enjoy it... but the damage was done.

As viewers, we have no reason to believe in the love Anna finds. He is creepy and give us no inkling of why she might ruin her life for him.

Kiera isn't bad, just annoying, considering we have no empathy for her self indulgence. If her husband was worse, her love a lot nicer, and if we could feel electricity between them, it would be a different matter, but the fact is the movie is too busy being clever... it misses out on having a heart and soul.

The theatre gimmick got in the way, and seemed like a cheap way of having Moscow backdrops without actually traveling there.


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