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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Jude Law
Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Olivia Wilde
Matthew Macfadyen
Kelly Macdonald
Saoirse Ronan
Andrea Riseborough
Keira Knightley
Directors
Joe Wright
Screenwriters
Tom Stoppard
Running Time
129 minutes

Anna Karenina
It’s Doctor Zhivago indoors


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Plot
In Imperial Russia 1874, socialite Anna Karenina (Knightley), seemingly content in a passionless marriage to dependable government official Karenin (Law), falls for dashing cavalry officer Count Vronsky (Taylor-Johnson) and starts an affair that turns her world and polite Russian society upside down.


Verdict
If it doesn’t ultimately engage your heart as it might, Anna Karenina is period drama at its most exciting, intoxicating and modern. Spellbinding.


Reviewed by Ian Freer

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