Anna Karenina

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Anna Karenina
December 8, 2012
Showtimes (change daily)
1:00, 3:40, 6:20, 9:00

Keira Knightley and Jude Law head up an excellent cast in Joe Wright’s evocative adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel of forbidden passion

A sweeping drama about love and desire, compromise and adultery, social mores and self-realization, Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece of realist fiction has been adapted for the screen more than a dozen times. Yet it is safe to say that it has never before been realized with anything close to the imaginative brio of this latest incarnation from British director Joe Wright. Keira Knightley stars as Anna, a comfortably married woman in Czarist Russia whose passion for a dashing cavalry officer forces her to choose between love, family, and society. With a script by playwright and Academy Award–winning screenwriter Tom Stoppard and a stunning performance by Keira Knightley in the title role, this Anna Karenina is both a faithful rendering of Tolstoy’s novel and a brilliant piece of conceptually audacious showmanship. (UK, 2012, 130 min., color, 35mm, Rated R • Director: Joe Wright • Writer: Tom Stoppard, based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy • Cast: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Johnson, Kelly Macdonald, Saoirse Ronan, Olivia Williams, Emily Watson • 2012 Toronto Film Festival)

“Knightley embodies Anna as a girlish woman who has never felt erotic love; once smitten, she is raised to heavenly ecstasy before tumbling into the abyss of shame.” – Richard Corliss, TIME