Opens Nov 30, 2012
Director Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice) reunites with Keira Knightley for an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel. Knightley stars as Anna, a vibrant woman caught in a passionless marriage with a high-ranking government official (Jude Law). When Anna is seduced by a calvary officer (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), scandal erupts in St. Petersburg. Wright's bold, gloriously photographed Anna Karenina is based on a screenplay by Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead).
"An intelligently ecstatic adaptation. Knightley embodies Anna as a girlish woman who has never felt erotic love; once smitten, she is raised to heavenly ecstasy before tumbling into the abyss of shame. It's a nervy performance, acutely attuned to the volcanic changes a naive creature must enjoy and endure on her first leap into mad passion. She helps make Anna Karenina an operatic romance worth singing about." (Richard Corliss, Time)