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The Last Station

Promotional poster
Directed by Michael Hoffman
Produced by Jens Meurer
Chris Curling
Bonnie Arnold
Written by Screenplay:
Michael Hoffman
Jay Parini
Starring Christopher Plummer
Helen Mirren
James McAvoy
Paul Giamatti
Anne-Marie Duff
Kerry Condon
Music by Sergey Yevtushenko (Russia)
Cinematography Sebastian Edschmid
Editing by Patricia Rommel
Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
Release date(s) December 23, 2009 (2009-12-23)
Running time 112 Minutes
Country Germany
Language English
Budget $17 million

The Last Station is a German biographical film about Leo Tolstoy, based on a 1990 biographical novel of the same name by Jay Parini.[1] It stars Christopher Plummer as Leo Tolstoy and Dame Helen Mirren as his wife Sophia Tolstaya.

It premiered at the 2009 Telluride Film Festival.

Sony Pictures Classics acquired distribution rights and gave the film an awards-qualifying limited run[2] on December 23, 2009, with a wider release in January 15, 2010. It was released in Germany on January 28, 2010.



The film explores the troubled marriage and the turbulent final year in the life of the Russian writer and philosopher, ending with his death at the Astapovo train station.[1]



Filming took place in Saxony-Anhalt as well as the German states of Brandenburg (Studio Babelsberg) and Thuringia, the city of Leipzig and at historical locations in Russia[1]. The station of the small German town of Pretzsch stood in for Astapovo the "last station" of the film title. Still a working rural station, the Pretzsch station was closed for two weeks for filming.[3] Decorated for the film with props and Russian signs, an interesting lettering mistake occurred at the station: The Russian signs on the walls follow modern Russian orthography, which was introduced only in 1918 (e.g. выход [vykhod] 'exit' instead of выходъ [vykhod, pronounced the same but using the hard sign, which nowadays only appears inside words]).


Helen Mirren won the Best Actress award at the 2009 Rome International Film Festival for her performance.[4] Mirren was also nominated for Best Actress - Drama at the 67th Golden Globe Awards as was Christopher Plummer for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture. On December 17, it was announced that Mirren and Plummer had both received nominations for their performances from the Screen Actors Guild. Mirren and Plummer were also nominated for Oscars for their respective roles, but did not win.


The film currently holds a 72% 'Fresh' rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 54 reviews.[5]


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