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Aro Favourite Last Station, The

 

UK 2009, 112 minutes
Dir. Michael Hoffman
Rating: [M]
Genres: Drama

Topics: Biopic, Literary Arts, Late-life, Period - 1910s, Philosophy.

 

Aroview: Enchanting and poignant in equal measure, this splendidly realised drama utilises a top flight cast to depict the tumultuous last year of the life of Leo Tolstoy.

Plummer plays the revered Russian author, whose great legacy and loyalty and is torn between his ascetic principles and the love of his possessive wife (Mirren), which serves as a rich metaphor for the wider political struggle of the time, and equally resonates as an enduring philosophical dilemma. Playing devil's advocate is the wonderful Paul Giamatti as the bolshy leader of the devoted Tolstoyan sect, while James McAvoy also lights up the screen as the fresh face of pragmatism. Intelligent, romantic and well-rounded, it possesses the style and substance of a tragicomic Chekhov play.

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DVD Features

  • cast and/or crew interviews
  • aspect ratio: 16:9
 

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