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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.

Director:

Joe Wright

Writers:

Tom Stoppard (screenplay), Lev Tolstoy (novel) (as Leo Tolstoy)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Macfadyen ... Oblonsky
Eric MacLennan Eric MacLennan ... Matvey
Kelly Macdonald ... Dolly
Theo Morrissey Theo Morrissey ... Grisha Oblonsky
Cecily Morrissey Cecily Morrissey ... Lili Oblonsky
Freya Galpin Freya Galpin ... Masha Oblonsky
Octavia Morrissey Octavia Morrissey ... Tanya Oblonsky
Beatrice Morrissey Beatrice Morrissey ... Vasya Oblonsky
Marine Battier Marine Battier ... Mlle. Roland
Keira Knightley ... Anna Karenina
Guro Nagelhus Schia ... Annushka
Aruhan Galieva Aruhan Galieva ... Aruhan
Jude Law ... Karenin
Carl Grose Carl Grose ... Korney
Bryan Hands ... Mikhail Slyudin

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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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You can't ask Why about love

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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

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Trivia

The diamond necklace that Anna/Keira wears during the ball scene is an exclusive high jewellery piece by the House of Chanel. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the film every time Anna's son's name is spoken, it is uniformly mispronounced in four syllables using some wrong phonemes, whereas in Russian his name has three syllables. See more »

Quotes

Alexei Karenin: What did I do to deserve this?
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Connections

Version of Anna Karenina (1918) See more »

Soundtracks

Song for a New Life (Masha's Song)
(uncredited)
Written by Anoushka Shankar
Performed by Tannishtha Chatterjee
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The best Anna Karenina I have seen
16 December 2012 | by pisarenkovSee all my reviews

First. What is a definition of the word "critical art review"? Review is imposition of individual opinion through the press. During my long life (I am 72) I have seen many performances on the stage and movies "Anna Karenina." This film is the best. It has everything that should be in the movie: fantasy, entertainment, teaching, and of course the classic love story. For me, personally, it is not always important "WHAT ABOUT", it is also important to me "HOW IT DONE." From my point of view, movie is entertainment. Of course those critics who finds fault with hairstyles or jewelry, they know better what they want from the movies. They always want to hear a Russian accent and see plausible buttons on the dress. But this is not a police report, this is feature film. Visual aspects are amazingly talented. Acting work- to the point of perfection. First time in my life I saw real Karenin, not half-dead old man, but a loving decent husband. Keira Knightley is impeccable as Anna. Сrowd scenes are tasteful. Music is touching and talented. Tolstoy's novel is very hard to adapt for a screen, it even difficult to read, and the director was able to convey the main thing in this beautiful and romantic movie. I agree with Berthold Brecht who said: "When you entertain -teach, and when you teach- entertain"." There is no doubt that this film is not for everyone, and those who like "Scream 2" or " Spiderman", they do not have to watch this movie. All critical reviews are long and tedious, but the film is short, with exciting feelings and has a good taste. There is only one measure of art: talented or not talented. The rest is a matter of taste. But there is no accounting for tastes.This film is talented in every way.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 2012 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$320,690, 18 November 2012

Gross USA:

$12,816,367

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,929,150
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2.35 : 1
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