RUSSIA AND TOLSTOY ARE REPRESENTED AT THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The new Joe Wright movie is set in the nineteenth century, in Russia. Anna Karenina, written by Leo Tolstoy, is being adapted on big screen. It is not easy to adapt literature and even more when it is classic Russian literature… Mistakes can easily be made, but it seems that Joe Wright did it, and most of all, did it well.
Anna Karenina has been acclaimed during the Toronto International Film Festival and the movie is described as “an intoxicating, intelligent, fresh and intensely passionate take on a timeless piece of storytelling”. It makes you want to see it, right?
Joe Wright is known for being a director always in search of his next visual challenge. We can trust him for electrifying this story. Plus, the character of Anna is played by his long-time movie-partner Keira Knightley (they did Atonement and Pride and Prejudice together) who is brilliant as a Russian aristocrat.
The movie is built as a theatrical play, the background changes as it was on a stage, and the stage choreography is simply exhilarating to watch.
Anna is married to a government official Alexei Karenin (jude Law). It was not a union based on love, and Anna ends up falling in love with the Count Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). A life-changing affair begins and generates obviously, critics and disapproval of Moscow’s finest, on top of the anger of Anna’s husband. Society’s antique games of love and adoration, of courtship and honor are represented here with the necessary pomp and circumstance.
If you want to see this intense and smoldering love story, the provocative adaptation full of passion and bold love should be in theaters in Italy in February 2013.
(september 10, 2013)