The Last Station

2009 R 1h 53m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Last Station

2009 R 1h 53m Blu-ray / DVD
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Set during the last year of Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy's life, this biopic explores the fractious relationship between Tolstoy (Oscar nominee Christopher Plummer) and his wife (Oscar nominee Helen Mirren), as he embraces a life of asceticism. Paul Giamatti co-stars as impassioned Tolstoy devotee Vladimir Chertkov, with James McAvoy playing the aging writer's assistant, Valentin, who is caught in the middle of various struggles.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
Subtitles
French
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen 2.35:1
Subtitles
English, French
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
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Reviews

age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this period drama recounting Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy's last months, while powerful and well acted, isn't too likely to appeal to kids. It has moments of both intense squabbling and gentle loving between the writer and his wife. Many of their fights are loud and painfully honest (though not venomous), and younger teens may find them disturbing. There's also a sex scene with partial nudity (a woman's breasts) and a little swearing (though "bitch" is about as strong as it gets).

Sexual Content

A woman propositions a man she barely knows; later, they have sex (only her breasts are visible). Some candid conversations about sex and marriage and celibacy. The Tolstoys seduce each other with sexual banter.

Violence

Lots of loud quarrels between a husband and his wife -- they adore each other, but they can't seem to agree on what to do about one major decision. A despondent woman attempts to drown herself in a lake.

Language

Nothing stronger than "tighta--," "bitch," and "moron."

Social Behavior

This romantic period film delves into serious questions about loyalty to family, country, and self; there's also much discussion about the importance of loving and being loved and how that may be the path to salvation.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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