The Last Station - James McAvoy and Kerry Condon
Valentin Bulgakov (James McAvoy) and Kerry Condon © Sony

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After almost fifty years of marriage, the Countess Sofya, Leo Tolstoy’s devoted wife, passionate lover, muse and secretary— she’s copied out War and Peace six times… by hand — suddenly finds her entire world turned upside down.

In the name of his newly created religion, the great Russian novelist has renounced his noble title, his property and even his family in favor of poverty, vegetarianism and even celibacy. After she’s born him thirteen children!

When Sofya then discovers that Tolstoy’s trusted disciple, Chertkov  — whom she despises — may have secretly convinced her husband to sign a new will, leaving the rights to his iconic novels to the Russian people rather than his very own family, she is consumed by righteous outrage.

This is the last straw. Using every bit of cunning, every trick of seduction in her considerable arsenal, she fights fiercely for what she believes is rightfully hers.

US release January 15, 2010
UK release February 19, 2010


Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online