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Anna Karenina

release date 07 September '12

12A rated certificate
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The story unfolds in its original late-19th-century Russia high-society setting and powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart. From the passion between adulterers to the bond between a mother and her children. As Anna questions her happiness, change comes to her family, friends, and community.

Keira Knightley stars as Anna Karenina in Joe Wright’s version of Tolstoy’s epic love story. Adapted by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love), Jude Law plays Anna’s husband Aleksei Karenin and Aaron Johnson (Nowhere Boy) stars as Count Vronsky. Rounding out the cast are Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire), Matthew Macfadyen (Pride & Prejudice), Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), Alicia Vikander (The Seventh Son), two-time Academy Award nominee Emily Watson, Olivia Williams (Hanna), and Ruth Wilson (Luther).

Anna Karenina marks Wright’s fourth film with Working Title, following the award-winning box office successes Pride & Prejudice and Atonement and The Soloist. The film is produced by Working Title co-chairmen Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and reunites them with Paul Webster, all three of whom produced Wright’s first two films Pride & Prejudice and Atonement.


genre(s):  Drama
director:  Joe Wright
film cast:  Aaron Johnson, Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Emily Watson, Jude Law
certificate:  12A
distributor:  Universal Int'l
running time:  130 Mins
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Anna Karenina
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5th Sep 12'
One man can make a difference and British filmmaker Joe Wright does behind the lens of Anna Karenina. In an act of hubris or just shameless showboating, he upends this emotionally cold adaptation of Tolstoy with grand, eye-catching flourishes. Aping the stylistic vision though none of the campness nor heartbreak of Baz Luhrmann, Wright sets the adultery and deception on a theatre stage where the snow-laden locales of 1874 Imperial Russia are dropped into shot or wheeled on by cast members as movable sets.

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