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Anna Karenina 

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Mini-Series (2013–2018)
Set in late-19th-century Russia high-society, the aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent and handsome Count Vronsky. Tolstoy's novel adaptation.
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Stasys Baltakis Stasys Baltakis ...  Porter 2 episodes, 2013
Ilja Bereznickas Ilja Bereznickas ...  Vronskiy's Man Servant 2 episodes, 2013
Diana Birenyte ...  Young Countess 2 episodes, 2013
Léa Bosco Léa Bosco ...  Princess Betsy 2 episodes, 2013
Santiago Cabrera ...  Vronsky 2 episodes, 2013
María Castro ...  Varenka 2 episodes, 2013
Edgaras Cerniauskas Edgaras Cerniauskas ...  Young Nobleman #2 2 episodes, 2013
Paulius Cinauskas Paulius Cinauskas ...  Vasia 2 episodes, 2013
Lou de Laâge ...  Kitty Scerbatskaya 2 episodes, 2013
Sergio Ercolessi ...  Pension's Landlord 2 episodes, 2013
Dainius Jankauskas Dainius Jankauskas ...  Friedrich 2 episodes, 2013
Kestutis Macijauskas Kestutis Macijauskas ...  Priest 2 episodes, 2013
Darius Miniotas Darius Miniotas ...  Nikolai 2 episodes, 2013
Ángela Molina ...  Countess Vronskaya 2 episodes, 2013
Carlotta Natoli ...  Dolly Scerbatskaya 2 episodes, 2013
Dylan Pierce Dylan Pierce ...  Seryozha 2 episodes, 2013
Emanuela Postacchini ...  Sasha 2 episodes, 2013
Vittoria Puccini ...  Anna Karenina 2 episodes, 2013
Karolina Reciugaite Karolina Reciugaite ...  Princess Sorokina 2 episodes, 2013
Sydne Rome ...  Princess Scerbatskaya 2 episodes, 2013
Benjamin Sadler ...  Karenin 2 episodes, 2013
Pietro Sermonti ...  Stiva 2 episodes, 2013
Kamile Sidarovaite Kamile Sidarovaite ...  Tanya 2 episodes, 2013
Donatas Simukauskas ...  Dolly's Butler 2 episodes, 2013
Sam Lucas Smith ...  Friedrich 2 episodes, 2013
Gediminas Storpirstis ...  Attorney 2 episodes, 2013
Karina Stungyte Karina Stungyte ...  Kittie's Maid 2 episodes, 2013
James Tratas ...  Wounded Soldier 2 episodes, 2013
Sakalas Uzdavinys ...  Vassiy 2 episodes, 2013
Annemarie van de Mond Annemarie van de Mond ...  Agathea 2 episodes, 2013
Jonas Verseckas Jonas Verseckas ...  Young Man 2 episodes, 2013
Patricia Vico Patricia Vico ...  Lidia Ivanovna 2 episodes, 2013
Max von Thun Max von Thun ...  Levin 2 episodes, 2013
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Set in late-19th-century Russia high-society, the aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent and handsome Count Vronsky. Tolstoy's novel adaptation.

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All happy families are alike. But every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

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Where has this version been all my life?
24 April 2014 | by CaeserSee all my reviews

What an excellent find! I have had some misgivings about Anna Karenina on-screen adaptations - there is one I can think of that is downright embarrassing and some, while faithful to the source material one way or another, feel dated and even tedious.

But I was very happy and satisfied with this snowy, gorgeously shot adaptation. The narrative focuses evenly on Anna and Levin's individual story lines and their respective relationships - both of the characters intermittently narrate their stories and they finally feel like equals in importance to the whole Tolstoyan picture. It is refreshing to see how Levin's character is explored more thoroughly on-screen, and this version gives great justice to his search of real love with Kitty, faith with God and the meaning of life.

All of the actors hail from Western Europe and are probably not very well-known elsewhere, but they are all amazing and understand their characters well - the characters feel more human in this version than other versions, even than the book itself! Italian actress Vittoria Puccini is fantastic as Anna and not only does she fit the look, but she effortlessly tackles Anna's many paradoxes. Count Vronsky, played by the dark and very handsome Santiago Cabrera, brims with charisma and is a much-needed palate cleanser after a string of insipid Vronskys in previous adaptations. I suppose it is not a hyperbole that him and Vittoria make the most beautiful and sensuous Anna/Vronsky pairing on-screen to date.

What I also appreciate in this version is how the role of Dolly, played splendidly by Carlotta Natoli, is much more prominent as a character here than in previous versions and is given the credit that is due. She is not merely reduced to being Stiva's distressed wife, but a loving sister to Kitty, an active stimulus to Levin and Kitty's relationship, a loyal friend to Anna and a woman who knows when to stand up to her philandering husband.

In short, this is a very successful retelling of Anna Karenina that is rich with characterization and one which I really enjoyed from start to finish. Now I know which adaptation of the book I would recommend!


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