At Yasnaya Polyana, Leo Tolstoy’s estate, 1910 will be the last year of his life. Drama arises when his wife of 50 years, Sofya, finds out that the writer may cede to the wishes of his followers and leave the rights to his work not to her, but to the public domain. With the cautious support of Tolstoy’s private secretary, Valentin Bulgakov, Sofya begins the fight for her rightful inheritance. This brings her not only in an acrimonious battle with the “Tolstoyans”, but also into passionate conflict with her husband … Helen Mirren portrays the woman who bore Tolstoy 13 children and prepared his major novels for publication. Yet her interpretation is not of a long-suffering wife, but as an equal shareholder in the success of “War and Peace” and “Anna Karenina”. Interacting with Christopher Plummer as Tolstoy, she brings to life a complex character who is vital, feisty, but also tender and funny, playing a woman who in the history of literature, is normally a background figure. For their portrayals of the caresses and skirmishes of a couple in the winter of their lives, both actors were nominated for Oscars in 2010.
by Michael Hoffman
With Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, Paul Giamatti, Anne-Marie Duff, Kerry Condon, John Sessions, Patrick Kennedy, James McAvoy
Germany / United Kingdom / Russian Federation 2009 English 113’ Colour, 2K DCP Rating R6

With

  • Helen Mirren
  • Christopher Plummer
  • Paul Giamatti
  • Anne-Marie Duff
  • Kerry Condon
  • John Sessions
  • Patrick Kennedy
  • James McAvoy

Crew

Written and directed byMichael Hoffman
StoryJay Parini, The Last Station (1990)
CinematographySebastian Edschmid
EditingPatricia Rommel
MusicSergey Yevtushenko
SoundDirk Jacob
Art DirectorPatrizia von Brandenstein
CostumesMonika Jacobs
Make-upJekaterina Oertel
ProducerChris Curling, Jens Meurer, Bonnie Arnold

Produced by

Egoli Tossell Film AG/SamFilm/Zephyr Films/The Andrei Konchalovsky Production Center

Additional information

DCP: Warner Bros. Pictures Germany, Hamburg