The Last Station
Academy Award® winner Helen Mirren (Best Actress, The Queen, 2006) and Christopher Plummer star in this compelling look at the final days of literary icon Leo Tolstoy.
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Mature Tolstoy biopic recounts his conflicted last days.
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Fresh: This handsome, well-tuned adaptation of Jay Parini's Tolstoy biography avoids being a dour subtitled slog by its strong casting, layered contrasts of love and duty, and admirable air of enthusiasm.
- Ben McEachen, Sunday Times (Australia), Thursday, June 24, 2010
Rotten: The movie has its evocative moments, but it's so rigged on the side of anti-intellectualism that you'd never guess that Tolstoy's late work inspired Gandhi and Martin Luther King.
- David Edelstein, New York Magazine, Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Rotten: Despite its literary pedigree, this stagy production mixes ribaldry and campy overacting.
- Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, Friday, January 22, 2010
Boring account of people fighting over the rights to Leo Tolstoy's literary legacy during his final year. On the one side we have his wife, Sofya, who feels they should be bequeathed to his family. On the other, we're given Vladimir Chertkova, a staunch disciple of the author's beliefs, who wants them as the property of the Russian people. Somewhere in the middle is Valentin Bulgakov, a naive private secretary. What should have been a fascinating subject, namely a biography of Leo Tolstoy, instead becomes a tedious discussion of how the copyrights of his novels should be entrusted. Although none of the characters are particularly interesting, director Michael Hoffman has unwisely made Valentin the focus of his film. Regrettably his spiritual awakening at Tolstoy's vast country estate, is the real subject of this bland coming of age drama.
- hobster1, Friday, February 5, 2010
This didn't set my world on fire, but I guess it was a solid enough drama. The last days of Tolstoy, with Christopher Plummer as the good man himself, and Helen Mirren outstanding as the too-in-love wife who has to live with her saintly novelist' husband's socialism in action, and the frustration, I expect the rest of us would have too if we saw our stuff being given away. .
- lesleyanorton, Tuesday, August 24, 2010
The performances are very good, and director Michael Hoffman lends his film with a beautiful visual quality. It's an interesting enough story, but I felt that maybe it tried to touch on too many sub-plots at once. I also felt no emotional connection to the material, which inevitably detracted from my enjoyment a bit. Still, it's more thoughtful and patiently paced than the majority of films released these days... and that alone deserves mentioning.
- michaelcorleone, Friday, May 14, 2010