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Anna Karenina (2012)

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In late-19th-century Russian high society, St. Petersburg aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky.

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Eric MacLennan ...
Matvey
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Dolly
Theo Morrissey ...
Grisha Oblonsky
Cecily Morrissey ...
Lili Oblonsky
Freya Galpin ...
Masha Oblonsky
Octavia Morrissey ...
Tanya Oblonsky
Beatrice Morrissey ...
Vasya Oblonsky
Marine Battier ...
Mlle. Roland
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Annushka
Aruhan Galieva ...
Aruhan
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Carl Grose ...
Korney
Bryan Hands ...
Mikhail Slyudin
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In 1874, in the Imperial Russia, the aristocratic Anna Karenina travels from Saint Petersburg to Moscow to save the marriage of her brother Prince Oblonsky, who had had a love affair with his housemaid. Anna Karenina has a cold marriage with her husband, Count Alexei Karenin, and they have a son. Anna meets the cavalry officer Count Vronsky at the train station and they feel attracted by each other. Soon she learns that Vronsky will propose to Kitty, who is the younger sister of her sister-in-law Dolly. Anna satisfactorily resolves the infidelity case of her brother and Kitty invites her to stay for the ball. However, Anna Karenina and Vronsky dance in the ball, calling the attention of the conservative society. Soon they have a love affair that will lead Anna Karenina to a tragic fate. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for some sexuality and violence | See all certifications »

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7 September 2012 (UK)  »

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Ana Karenjina  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$320,690 (USA) (18 November 2012)

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$12,816,367 (USA)
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James McAvoy (Levin), Saoirse Ronan (Kitty), Cate Blanchett (Countess Lydia), Benedict Cumberbatch (Oblonsky), and Andrea Riseborough (Princess Betsy), all of whom had worked with Joe Wright before, turned down roles in the film. They were replaced, respectively, by Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Emily Watson, Matthew Macfadyen, and Ruth Wilson. See more »

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Throughout the film every time Anna's son's name is spoken, it is uniformly mispronounced in four syllables using some wrong phonemes, whereas in Russian his name has three syllables. See more »

Quotes

Alexei Karenin: I tried to save her. She chose him.
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Crazy Credits

Count Vronsky is misspelled as "Vronksy" in the end credits. See more »

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Version of Anna Karenina (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Song for a New Life (Masha's Song)
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Written by Anoushka Shankar
Performed by Tannishtha Chatterjee
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Contrived, forced and pretentious, this movie is over worked
7 September 2012 | by (London, East Grinstead) – See all my reviews

It took me about an hour to stop being irritated by the movie's self consciousness, to sort of enjoy it... but the damage was done.

As viewers, we have no reason to believe in the love Anna finds. He is creepy and give us no inkling of why she might ruin her life for him.

Kiera isn't bad, just annoying, considering we have no empathy for her self indulgence. If her husband was worse, her love a lot nicer, and if we could feel electricity between them, it would be a different matter, but the fact is the movie is too busy being clever... it misses out on having a heart and soul.

The theatre gimmick got in the way, and seemed like a cheap way of having Moscow backdrops without actually traveling there.

5/10


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