The Last Station is a film about the difficulty of living with love and the impossibility of living without it.
The film is set during the last year of the life and turbulent marriage of Lev Tolstoy, the great Russian writer, and his wife, the redoubtable and flamboyant Sofya.
The conflict between wife and husband grows to breaking point, when Tolstoy’s devoted disciple, Vladimir Chertkov, urges him to sign a new will leaving the rights and royalties to his work to the Russian people rather than to his family. A witness to Sofya and Tolstoy’s disintegrating relationship is Valentin, Tolstoy’s new secretary, whose own love for the beautiful and feisty Masha acts as counterpoint to the dying love of Sofya and Tolstoy.
Director: Michael Hoffman. Original novel by Jay Parini
Cast: Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, James McAvoy, Paul Giamatti, Anne-Marie Duff and Kerry Condon
Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer were both nominated for Academy Awards® and Golden Globes® for their respective roles in the film.