Saturday, August 21, 2010

'The Last Station' - Film Review

'The Last Station'is a beautifully directed film depicting the last years of Leo Tolstoy's life.

I was completely captivated and moved by the seamless and honest portrayal of the central characters. Helen Mirren as Countess Sofya is breathtaking and raw in her despair and torment. Christopher Plummer is rightfully brilliant as Leo Tolstoy.

I must say however that I was completely drawn in to James McAvoy's emotionally driven performance as a young man named Valentin. He is hired to be Tolstoy's secretary, although he believes in all that Tolstoy has written, he is torn between his devotion to the cause and his love for Masha. The screen lights up with his tears and you can feel the pain and anguish that he feels.

Valentin is racked with guilt and tormented by his romantic inclinations, when he believes to be a Tolstoy convert, he needs to abstain from a relationship.

The Last Station is truly beautiful, it for all who still believe in a long marriage and for those who think they can still find their soul mate.

If you love Tolstoy's 'War & Peace' and 'Anna Karenina' then this movie is a must!

A small tip: Remember your box of tissues!

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