“Even on the rare occasions it falters, you have to applaud the ambition. Keira Knightley is a fine Anna – alternately charming, haughty, and dispirited…” **** David Gritten, The Telegraph
The third collaboration of Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley with acclaimed director Joe Wright, following the award-winning box office successes Pride and Prejudice and Atonement, is a bold, theatrical new vision of the epic story of love, adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s timeless novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard. The story powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart , a timeless theme, given fresh breath in this umpteenth version. Resplendent Knightley may be measured against previous ‘Annas’ – Greta Garbo and Vivien Leigh, just for starters – but she acquits herself well. And beautifully!
When bored Russian aristocrat Anna Karenina meets the dashing Count Vronsky (Aaron Johnson), an instant, powerful attraction develops. Besotted with the Count and unable to resist his advances, Anna risks public humiliation and the wrath of her dull husband Alexei (Jude Law) by embarking on a passionate, scandalous love affair which shocks polite society.