Sony Pictures Classics | Release Date: December 4, 2009
Summary: 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. The more extreme her behavior becomes, however, the more easily Chertkov is able to persuade Tolstoy of the damage she will do to his glorious legacy. (Sony Picture Classics)
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Runtime: 112 min
Rating: Rated R for a scene of sexuality/nudity.
Production: Egoli Tossell Film
Genres: Biography, Drama, History
Countries: Russia, Germany, UK
Language: English
Home Release Date: Jun 22, 2010
Director Credit
Michael Hoffman Director
Writer Credit
Jay Parini Novel
Michael Hoffman Screenplay
Principal Cast Credit
Christopher Plummer Leo Tolstoy
Helen Mirren Sofya Tolstaya
James McAvoy Valentin Bulgakov
Cast Credit
Anne-Marie Duff Sasha Tolstoy
Christian Gaul Ivan
David Masterson Reporter
John Sessions Dushan
Kerry Condon Masha
Maximilian Gärtner Kind
Nenad Lucic Vanja
Patrick Kennedy Sergeyenko
Paul Giamatti Vladimir Chertkov
Tomas Spencer Andrey Tolstoy
Wolfgang Häntsch Priest
Producer Credit
Andreas Ulmke-Smeaton Co-Producer
Andrey Deryabin Associate Producer: Russia
Andrey Konchalovskiy Executive Producer
Bonnie Arnold Producer
Brian Donovan Line Producer
Chris Curling Producer
Dorothe Beinemeier Junior Producer
Ewa Karlström Co-Producer
Frank Lehmann Associate Producer
Jens Meurer Producer
Jona Wirbeleit Assistant Producer
Judy Tossell Executive Producer
Luke Carey Assistant Producer
Marc Hansell Associate Producer
Marc Wächter Production Executive
Melanie Faul Assistant Producer
Phil Robertson Executive Producer
Regina Frankenberger Junior Producer
Robert Little Executive Producer
Undine Filter Junior Producer
Yvonne Hüttig Assistant Producer