Anna Karenina

Season 1
An aristocrat's affair with a wealthy Count turns Russian high society upside down in this adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's literary classic.
Vittoria PucciniSantiago CabreraBenjamin Sadler
English [CC]
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  1. 1. Passions of the Heart
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    May 5, 2015
    1 h 36 min
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    In 19th century Russian's high society elite, an aristocrat, Anna Karenina, has a chance meeting that will alter her life.
  2. 2. Every Unhappy Family...
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    May 5, 2015
    1 h 42 min
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    Tragedy strikes as Anna and the Count find their passionate affair challenged by society.

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Christian Duguay
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4.3 out of 5 stars

144 global ratings

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Sharon SheafferReviewed in the United States on July 21, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
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LenaReviewed in the United States on April 23, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best regards /Lena
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Arrived as I expected, Thanks. Best regards /Lena
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Joe SimmonsReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
excellent adaptation!
I have read "Anna Karrenina' at least 10 times and have loved it more each time; as with each reading I've peeled back another layer of Tolstoy's moral and message. This is an excellent adaptation of his classic work of love, passion, heartbreak, life decisions, and choices. It is well worth the time and a testament to his beautiful gift of literature.
20 people found this helpful
cinestReviewed in the United States on July 6, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Totally agree with Hani's review, which I reposted below.
I'm reposting Hani's "A towering Anna Karenina hallmark" that is so well written and accurate it worths of reposting.

"Leo Tolstoy's magnum opus was beautifully translated onto the screen in this absolutely luscious and engaging three-hour adaptation of Anna Karenina. It is triumphant in distilling the sweeping spirit of the novel and in augmenting the humane and compassionate nature of the principal characters - lending this version a sympathetic and emotional nuance.

In this version, Christian Duguay, the director, succeeded in giving utmost respect not only to each of the story that was chosen to be told - without any artifice that would distract viewers from the heart of the story - but also to each of the characters that were brought to life as whole as possible from Tolstoy's ink.

The multinational cast artfully supported the director's vision, with Vittoria Puccini at the helm as the eponymous heroine. Vittoria was stunning, dignified and, above all, she was a remarkably convincing Anna. As Count Vronsky, Santiago Cabrera possessed a powerful and seductive presence – he was masculine, composed and confident. Anna and Vronsky’s adulterous love story was unabashedly captivating and bold, owing to solid build-up and tug-of-war between the two, as well as passionate performances by Vittoria and Santiago. Benjamin Sadler also offered a standout performance for his steely and rather intimidating Karenin.

The production value deserves songs of adulation, with its lavish, palatial sets and indulgent period costumes of 19th-century Russian opulence, as well as mesmerising camerawork that contrasted the atmospheric loftiness with revealing close-ups of the characters' intimate emotions and turmoils.

Of course, not every character, encounter and discourse in the novel could be transplanted onto the screen within a three-hour timeframe, and such condensation of scenes and characters – as well as the modernisation of some dialogues - was fair and did not compromise the overall soul of the story.

All in all, this was a truly ravishing, satisfying and resonant interpretation of an esteemed piece of literature. Of all the other versions I’ve seen, this was the only version where I felt emotionally responsive to Anna and her harrowing story, and it has easily become my favourite adaptation. A new soaring benchmark for Anna Karenina has been set and it deserves to be seen and exalted by readers of the novel, as well as fans of wonderfully crafted period drama experience."
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Lacemaker427Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Juvenile acting, unprofessional dubbing, tedious,...but the costuming was quite well done.
I watched this on Amazon Prime Video, and wondered from the first 10 minutes how it was awarded 4 stars when it deserved 2 stars, if that. This is a very shallow and disappointing adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic novel. The acting was unprofessional and more like a high school play. The dubbing reminded me of 1960s Japanese monster films, you know, the ones with a little guy dressed in a monster suit trying to look scary, all 5’2” of him. The typical volume of the actors was little more than a whisper, and they seemed to be trying too hard to look and sound pretty, while not trying to put any real emotion in their lines. There was very little character development. Anna and Kitty went from “I love you so much I can’t breathe,” to “You don’t love me anymore,” and almost in the same scene,...repeatedly. The only positive thing I can say is that the costuming was beautiful. This is a tremendously tedious film, and certainly not worth the 3 hours of my life that I invested in it — very disappointing. If you don’t have 3 hours to waste, just fast forward through the whole thing just to see the costuming, and don’t waste your time on the childish audio!
17 people found this helpful
PenelopeReviewed in the United States on December 13, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Elegantly engaging Anna Karenina
Beautiful settings in Vilnius nearly steal the show from the lovers. Anna is lovely. Vronsky exudes charm. Tolstoy's classic tale gives a meditation on happiness with style.
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septimusReviewed in the United States on August 9, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Could have been called "Ekaterina Shcherbatskaya"
This mini-series reminds us that adaptations can be so fascinating. I haven't read the novel; in the previous two film versions I've seen the character "Kitty" barely registers. Here the focus is to highlight the contrast between the Kitty/Levin relation and the Anna/Count Vronsky one. This contrast was surely one of Tolstoy's aims (the Levin character is said to be his stand-in), but was mostly glossed over in previous films. Whether by design or unlucky accident, the Kitty story line crushes Anna's. Instead of Sophie Marceau or Keira Knightley, the Italian TV actress Vittoria Puccini plays Anna. Puccini is probably good in other productions, but isn't exactly the most decorated actor or scintillating presence. Kitty is played by Lou de Laage (_The Innocents_, _Breathe_), one of the best young French actress of her generation alongside Lea Seydoux. Her role is rewritten so she comes off as an ultramodern woman (going to Germany to tend to wounded soldiers, not in the novel I think). Levin is soulful and philosophical too, while the Vronsky character is mostly a pretty face. The director did try to give the Karenina/Vronsky affair heft, mind you, but there is no real contest. If the adaptation is meant to be subversive, to let Kitty usurp Anna, it is a complete triumph! (Kitty actually shows up before Anna does in the series.) I wish Lou de Laage is more appreciated. She is a chameleon who excels in any role, and French cinema doesn't really know what to do with such actresses.
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Yvonne JocksReviewed in the United States on July 25, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
My Favorite Film Treatment of "Anna Karenina"
Santiago Cabrera is my favorite Vronsky, and Vittoria Puccini is my favorite Anna (just barely ahead of Helen McCrory's beautifully acted version, and more age-appropriate). This 2-part series takes pretty heavy liberties with Kitty's story (in this version, she gets over her post-waltz heartbreak by *becoming a nurse in the war!*). It doesn't have my favorite Karenin (that would be Stephen Dillane) or Levin (that would be Douglas Henshall). And yet, from the moment of the waltz, I completely believed the love-at-first-sight power of Vronsky and Anna's connection. Without their love, everything else in the story doesn't make sense, so--kudos!

This is also beautifully filmed and costumed. Being 2-part, you get 3 full hours, which is almost the minimum any version of "Anna Karenina" requires to be told well (just look at the failures of the Sophie Marceau and Kiera Knightly versions). If you watch only one version of "Anna Karenina," consider this one.
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