A heartbreakingly moving story. It gripped me from the first line that appears on the screen- " Everything that I know...I know only because I love."
The story swaddles you inside and portrays how imperfections make this world a beautiful place. Tolstoy was not wholly Tolstoyan and Sofya substantially not. But, isn't it love that Tolstoy talks about in all his writings. And Sofya's was a pure one. The performances are irreplaceable.Chris Plummer and Helen Mirren are a delight. I am also very happy with what James McAvoy is doing with his career. Some very good films he has done- The Last King of Scotland, Atonement and now this.
I don't agree to the argument that the film should have been in Russian. It's a universal story and doesn't need a particular language. The directors didn't set out to recreate Tolstoy or that age or Russia.They set out to tell a story with images and a language. Be it English or Russian.