The Last Station
Starring: Paul Giamatti, Helen Mirren, Anne-Marie Duff, Christopher Plummer, John Sessions, Patrick Kennedy, Kerry Condon, James McAvoy
Directed by: Michael Hoffman
The plot: Valentin Bulgakov, the newly appointed private secretary to the great Leo Tolstoy, arrives at the writer's estate to find himself in the middle of a very public war. Tolstoy's devoted disciple Vladimir Chertkov intends to persuade the writer to sign over the rights to his works to the Russian people. Countess Sofya vehemently disagrees, determined that the considerable fortune belongs to her family. The tug of war over Tolstoy's legacy becomes increasingly heated.
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"The Last Station isn't quite as emotionally engaging as it ought to be but it's worth seeing for its performances alone."
"I have a copy of War And Peace but, like many people, I've never got to the end of it. If it wasn't for (Mirren and Plummer's) excellent acting, I don't think I would have reached the end of The Last Station either."
"A comforting, Sunday-night costume drama, with some epic performances."