Anna Karenina

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Anna Karenina is acclaimed director Joe Wright’s bold, theatrical new vision of the epic story of love, passion and destruction, stirringly adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s great novel by Academy Award-winner Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love). Unfolding in its original late-19th-century Russian high-society setting, the drama marks the third collaboration of the director with Academy Award-nominated actress Keira Knightley, following their hits Pride & Prejudice and Atonement. The timeless story follows a young woman questioning her happiness and marriage, leading to a powerful exploration of the capacity for love that surges through the human heart—from the passion between adulterers to the bond between a mother and her children—while illuminating the lavish society that was imperial Russia. Also starring Jude Law, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald and Olivia Williams. (Dir. by Joe Wright, 2012, UK, 129 mins., Rated R, Focus Features) Digital