Scenes from Tolstoy’s marriage in The Last Station

Article published on Nov. 3, 2009
Article published on Nov. 3, 2009
Husband and wife argue, scream, smash the china, laugh, hug, and make up: the normal ups and downs in any marriage, you could say. But when the Mr. and Mrs. are Leo Tolstoy and his wife Sophia, with 48 years of for better or for worse behind them, very close, but very complicated, making a film about this marriage is going to be worth a director’s while.

And so it is for Michael Hoffman with his The Last Station [trailer], starring an explosive Helen Mirren and an irreverent Christopher Plummer, and screened in competition at the Rome Film Festival.

Read the article and see the programme on Cineuropa.org