Anna Karenina. Vronsky’s Story is an interesting new take on Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece. Director and current chairman of Mosfilm, Karen Shakhnazarov, created this movie as well as an accompanying, longer TV series.
Anna Karenina. Vronsky’s Story is not just a film adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s love story, but rather an attempt to convey the spirit of the turn of the 20th century from a new perspective.
The two main plot lines of the film, separated by three decades, are connected by their main character – Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky. The tragic death of his past lover, Anna Karenina, left an indelible mark on his life. We find him in 1904, on the battlefields of the Russo-Japanese War. Vronsky, sent to a hospital somewhere in a remote Chinese village, meets Sergei Alekseevich Karenin, the son of Anna.
Vronsky and Karenin immediately recognize that their fates once crossed. At night Sergey comes to Vronsky’s room and asks him to recount everything that happened many years ago. The two talk together and fight together.