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Anna Karenina (2012)
Actors are brilliant, everything else is not
I am Russian, I have read the novel and I have seen 4 other versions of it (my favourite is with Sophie Marceau - but not perfect too). I gave this film 5 stars out of 10 because although the actors were brilliant, I didn't quite like the way the events were portrayed. For example the ball - they did not dance like that!; the houses - dark mess or messy darkness; and the whole theatrical set did not appeal to me at all. It would look great on stage but in a film I think it spoils the story. I saw it as a play, not as a supposedly real story. A few important bits were missed out (Vronskiy's attempted suicide, Kitty giving birth and one of the last scenes in the book when Vronskiy sees dead Anna). In a word, I found it too theatrical and surreal, was expecting a more realistic version. On the other hand, we've had realistic versions (Vivien Leigh, Greta Garbo, Sophie Marceau).