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"In a world of power and privilege, one woman dared to obey her heart."

Anna Karenina is a period drama that was adapted from the 1877 Leo Tolstoy novel. The film directed by Bernard Rose stars Sophie Marceau as Anna Arkadyevna Karenina, Alfred Molina Konstantin Dmitrievitch Levin, Sean Bean as Count Alexei Kirillovitch Vronsky, James Fox as Alexei Alexandrovitch Karenin and Mia Kirshner as Princess Yekaterina Alexandrovna Shcherbatsky, "Kitty."

The story follows Anna Karenina, the elegant young wife of wealthy nobleman, Alexei Karenin. He is twenty years older and Anna is very unhappy. She stays with him for the sake of caring for Seriozha, their son.

At a ball in Moscow, she meets and is attracted to Count Alexei Vronsky, who is also immediately smitten with her. He follows Anna to St. Petersburg and shamelessly pursues her. Anna eventually surrenders to her feelings, becoming his mistress. They are quite happy up until the time that she has a miscarriage. Her ex-husband, Karenin, is emotionally affected by the pain that she is in and decides to forgive her. Anna is still not happy in their marriage. As a result, she scandalously rejoins Count Vronsky, leaving her husband for the second time.

Anna pursues a divorce with her husband with the aid of her brother. Karenin refuses, denying access to their son. Distraught by this loss, Anna increasingly grows depressed, self medicating with a tincture of opium, which causes her to become addicted.

Anna has a child with Vronsky, but he is disturbed at not having a real marriage since she is unable to get a divorce. Anna believes that Vronsky will leave her for a younger woman. She then commits suicide, jumping in front of the train.

Vronsky is devastated by the death of Anna. He volunteers to participate in the Balkan war. While on his way there, he comes upon Konstantin Levin, who married Princess "Kitty" Shcherbatsky, his former love.

Levin then tries to persuade Vronsky not to join the war. However, he is haunted by Anna's death. Levin returns to his family, writing about these events and signs the manuscript as Leo Tolstoy.

PG-13
| 1997 | 1 hr 48 min | 6.8/10
Cast
Maya Plisetskaya, Alexander Godunov, Yuri Vladimirov, Nina Sorokina
Director
Bernard Rose
Language
English
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