The Last Station

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2010


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Michael Hoffman
The Last Station is a 2009 biopic about the life of Count Leo Tolstoy starring Christopher Plummer as Leo Tolstoy and Dame Hellen Mirren as Sophia Tolstaya, his wife. The film is based on a 1990 biographical novel by Jay Parini. The story begins in 1910 which is the last year Leo Tolstoy was alive. A group of Tolstoy's most loyal followers, led by Vladimir Chertkov (Paul Giamatti) is leading the charge against Tolstoy's wife. This is not out of nowhere, as Leo and his wife are at odds over many of their core beliefs such as religion and property ownership. The Tolstoians are trying to get Leo Tolstoy to sign away all of his copyrights and put his works into the public domain. He struggles with this decision as it is in line with his beliefs, but will leave his family with no means of financial support. Tolstoy's secretary, Valentin Fedorovich Blugakov (James McAvoy) is forced to mediate the situation. Tolstoy eventually signs away the rights and leaves his estate. This drives Sophia to attempt suicide, albeit unsuccessfully. The film ends with Tolstoy falling ill and passing away.moreless


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  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    For those who enjoy actors who can play it up without ever overplaying their hands, The Last Station is the destination of choice.

  • 80

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Solid middlebrow biographical fare in which meaty roles are acted to the hilt by a cast more than ready for the feast.

  • 40

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    The kind of movie that gives literature a bad name. Not because it undermines the dignity of a great writer and his work, but because it is so self-consciously eager to flaunt its ...

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Biography, Historical