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The Last Station (2009)

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A historical drama that illustrates Russian author Leo Tolstoy's struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things.

Director:

Michael Hoffman

Writers:

Michael Hoffman (screenplay), Jay Parini (based on the novel by)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Helen Mirren ... Sofya
Christopher Plummer ... Tolstoy
Paul Giamatti ... Chertkov
James McAvoy ... Valentin
John Sessions ... Dushan
Patrick Kennedy ... Sergeyenko
Kerry Condon ... Masha
Anne-Marie Duff ... Sasha
Tomas Spencer Tomas Spencer ... Andrey
Christian Gaul Christian Gaul ... Ivan
Wolfgang Häntsch Wolfgang Häntsch ... Priest
David Masterson ... Reporter
Anastasia Tolstoy Anastasia Tolstoy ... Mourning Girl
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Storyline

The Countess Sofya, wife and muse to Leo Tolstoy, uses every trick of seduction on her husband's loyal disciple, whom she believes was the person responsible for Tolstoy signing a new will that leaves his work and property to the Russian people. Written by IMDb Editors

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Intoxicating. Infuriating. Impossible. Love.


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Rated R for a scene of sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Germany | Russia

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La última estación See more »

Filming Locations:

Russia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€217,381 (Germany), 31 January 2010, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$94,093, 17 January 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,616,974, 20 June 2010
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The station at the small German town of Pretzsch stood in for the Russian station of the title at Astapovo. This meant closing the Pretzsch station for two weeks and decorating it with Russian props and signs. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Sofya Tolstaya: I'm your little bird, you know the sounds I make.
Leo Tolstoy: And that was some sort of love call, I suppose?
Sofya Tolstaya: Brought you back to me.
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Special thanks to Samantha - Atticus - Phoebe - Olivia Jade - Joseph - Jasper Rosa - Richard - Cathy - Ben - Leo See more »


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Un bel dì vedremo
from "Madama Butterfly"
Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Miriam Gauci (Soprano), Symfonický orchester Slovenského rozhlasu (as CSR Symphony Orchestra)
Conducted by Alexander Rahbari
Licensed courtesy of Naxos Rights International Ltd.
Libretto by Luigi Illica (uncredited) and Giuseppe Giacosa (uncredited)
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A very enjoyable movie
3 March 2010 | by richard-1787See all my reviews

There is nothing to fault in this movie, really, and pretty much everything to praise.

The script is very good. The characters are fleshed out and developed in complexity as the movie goes along. You continue to learn more about them, see more facets of their character.

And they are realized by first-rate performances. There is not a weak one in the batch.

The direction is also very fine. There is not really much of a plot here; it's more of a character study. Still, the director keeps things moving along, never veering into the sentimental or the cute. You grow to like these characters a lot, but there is no attempt to yank your emotions.

My only very slight reservation about this movie is just a personal preference. I went into it knowing virtually nothing about Tolstoy's life or the movement that was developed out of his later writings. I would have appreciated a little dialogue somewhere explaining more about that. I realize, however, that that is not the norm in modern movies, and I certainly had no problems following what was going on without it. Viewers such as myself will just have to go read a book about Tolstoy for that additional information, which is certainly not a bad thing.

This is not a film for the ages, a Citizen Kane or a Rules of the Game, a Potemkin or such. Still, it is a very well-crafted movie, one that I could easily watch again with no diminished pleasure. One that, as well, I can recommend to anyone who enjoys good acting and watching interesting characters being developed by and through it.


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