A love for literature is obviously the reason why I watch movies like Atonement and Pride & Prejudice, but this time Joe Wright amazed me by choosing a kind of different path with his adaptation of the Russian novel Anna Karenina. Aren’t there enough English novels to turn into an adaptation on screen, Mr. Wright? Or is it simply the power of Tolstoy’s emotional masterpiece that convinced him to sneak into the Russian literature instead of the British one?
The Russian story takes place in a setting of the high society of the 19th century. When Anna Karenina (Keira Knightly) doubts about her relationship with her husband Alexei (Jude Law), she hopelessly falls in love with the young count Vronski (Aaron Johnson), whom she met at a ball. Not only does she risk to lose her husband and son, but it also causes an enormous impact on her own life. Tolstoy’s novel is often described as an exploration of impossible love and a passion between two people. Nevertheless, the image that strikes our mind when we hear the title of the novel is generally that of Anna’s suicide. A risky novel to adapt so it seems, but if I may believe the convincing force of the trailer, Joe Wright successively transformed three novels into wonderful movies. I guess the teacups will have to step aside and make room for the fur hats.
Release date Belgium: 13 march 2013