The Last Station

January 15th 2010
  • Drama/Historical,
  • R,
  • 112 min,
  • Sony Pictures Classics
  • Cast: Christopher Plummer, Helen Mirren, James McAvoy, Paul Giamatti, Anne-Marie Duff, Kerry Condon, Patrick Kennedy, John Sessions, David Masterson, Nenad Lucic, Tomas Spencer, Maximilian Gartner, Christian Gaul, Wolfgang Häntsch
  • Director: Michael Hoffman
  • Writer: Michael Hoffman
  • Producers: Bonnie Arnold, Chris Curling, Jens Meurer
  • Co Producers: Ewa Karlström, Andreas Ulmke-Smeaton
  • Associate Producer: Andrey Deryabin
  • Executive Producers: Andrei Konchalovsky, Robert Little, Phil Robertson, Judy Tossell
  • Art Direction: Andreas Olshausen
  • Casting: Leo Davis
  • Costume Design: Monika Jacobs
  • D.O.P.: Sebastian Edschmid
  • Editor: Patricia Rommel
  • Makeup: Jekaterina Oertel
  • Music: Sergei Yevtushenko
  • Production Design: Patrizia von Brandenstein
  • Set Decorations: Mark Rosinski, Heike Wolf


After almost fifty years of marriage, the Countess Sofya (Helen Mirren), Leo Tolstoy's (Christopher Plummer) devoted wife, passionate lover, muse and secretary—she’s copied out War and Peace six hand!—suddenly finds her entire world turned upside down. In the name of his newly created religion, the great Russian novelist has renounced his noble title, his property and even his family in favor of poverty, vegetarianism and even celibacy. After she's born him thirteen children!

When Sofya then discovers that Tolstoy's trusted disciple, Chertkov (Paul Giamatti)—whom she despises—may have secretly convinced her husband to sign a new will, leaving the rights to his iconic novels to the Russian people rather than his very own family, she is consumed by righteous outrage. This is the last straw. Using every bit of cunning, every trick of seduction in her considerable arsenal, she fights fiercely for what she believes is rightfully hers. The more extreme her behavior becomes, however, the more easily Chertkov is able to persuade Tolstoy of the damage she will do to his glorious legacy.

Into this minefield wanders Tolstoy's worshipful new assistant, the young, gullible Valentin (James McAvoy). In no time, he becomes a pawn, first of the scheming Chertkov and then of the wounded, vengeful Sofya as each plots to undermine the other's gains. Complicating Valentin's life even further is the overwhelming passion he feels for the beautiful, spirited Marsha (Kerry Condon), a free thinking adherent of Tolstoy's new religion whose unconventional attitudes about sex and love both compel and confuse him. Infatuated with Tolstoy's notions of ideal love, but mystified by the Tolstoys' rich and turbulent marriage, Valentin is ill equipped to deal with the complications of love in the real world.

A tale of two romances, one beginning, one near its end, "The Last Station" is a complex, funny, rich and emotional story about the difficulty of living with love and the impossibility of living without it.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Berlin, Germany; Moscow, Russia; St. Petersburg, Russia
  • MPAA Warning: Scene of sexuality/nudity
  • Production Budget: $17 million
  • Production Companies: Zephyr Films, Egoli Tossell Film, Production Center of Andrei Konchalovsky, SamFilm Produktio
  • Production Schedule: 7 April 2008 - July 2008

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Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer replaced Meryl Streep and Anthony Hopkins, who were originally scheduled to play the roles of Sofya and Leo Tolstoy.

Helen Mirren won the Best Actress award at the 2009 Rome International Film Festival for her performance.

Sony Pictures Classics acquired distribution rights and plans to give the film an awards-qualifying limited run on December 23rd 2009, with a wider release in early 2010.

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 8 January 2010: Germany
  • 29 January 2010: Austria
  • 19 February 2010: UK
  • 25 February 2010: Netherlands
  • 4 March 2010: Singapore