courtesy: Sony Pictures Classics
Choice of Helen Mirren to play Sophia (Sonya), Tolstoy's wife, is very clever. For my taste, Ms. Mirren, 67 still looks pretty attractive and that quality is a key to the character she plays.
dailymail.co.uk, July 2008
By the way, I am not the first guy to link up Tolstoy and Francis Ford Coppola.
The first poem of Rege I saw, as a teenager around 1980, was on D G Godse's (द ग गोडसे) visit to Mastani samadhi at Pabal (पाबळ).
I realised immediately that this was a special talent. Not seen before in Marathi by me. Many years later I got the confirmation of it reading venerable Vilas Sarang (विलास सारंग).
I wish Rege saw 'The Last Station'.
I don't know about Greek Homer but Tolstoy in the movie often reminded me of American Homer Simpson! And it is a fitting tribute to Tolstoy because, as quoted at the beginning, he believed ordinary people- the likes of Homer Simpsons- make history. He surely was ordinary in some respects and he certainly made history.