Rated R · 110 minutes · 2009

Biography, Historical drama
Helen Mirren is sharp and funny as Sofya Tolstoy, the long-suffering wife of the great novelist Lev. The Last Station is set in the final days of his life, as Sofia and Lev’s friend Chertkov (Paul Giamatti) clash over the best way to handle Tolstoy’s massive literary estate. Sofia would like it to go to someone worthy, like, say, Sofia. Chertkov wants to give it to the Russian people, who, according to Sofia, will just spend it on booze, whores and communism. Into this mix comes Valentin Bulgakov (James McAvoy), a virginal acolyte of Tolstoy who is sent by Chertkov to spy on Sofya. Instead, he finds her sympathetic, and then finds a naked woman (Kerry Condon) lying on top of him, which makes him change his mind about the whole virginity thing. The Last Station is reasonably funny and passably amusing, but doesn’t live up to the highbrow hype that any movie about Tolstoy is likely to carry.

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Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/thelaststation
Director: Michael Hoffman
Producer: Chris Curling, Jens Meurer, Bonnie Arnold, Andrei Konchalovsky, Phil Robertson, Judy Tossell and Robbie Little
Cast: Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, Paul Giamatti, James McAvoy, Anne-Marie Duff, Kerry Condon, John Sessions and Patrick Kennedy


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The Coast Halifax The Last Station arrives with stand-out performances Christopher Plummer's turn as Leo Tolstoy works as the year's most unlikely sex romp, battling head over heart. by Sue Carter Flinn 02/25/2010
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Colorado Springs Independent From Russia with love A charming and energetic film about the last months of Leo Tolstoy. by Scott Renshaw 02/25/2010
Charleston City Paper In The Last Station, Tolstoy struggles with fame and family Though it takes place in pre-revolutionary Russia, The Last Station has provocative, often amusing echoes of today in its portrait of the media circus and political infighting surrounding famed War and Peace novelist Leo Tolstoy. by Felicia Feaster 02/24/2010

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