The film marks the third collaboration of the director with Academy Award-nominated actress Keira Knightley. Knightley, and co-star Jude Law,credit Wrightwith the film's lavish look, which they describe as a feast for the eyes.
Set in1874, Anna Karenina (Knightley) has what any of her contemporaries would aspire to; she is the wife of Karenin (Law), a high-ranking government official to whom she has borne a son, and her social standing in St. Petersburg could scarcely be higher. She journeys to Moscow after a letter from her philandering brother Oblonsky (Matthew Macfadyen) arrives, asking for Anna to come and help save his marriage to Dolly (Kelly Macdonald). En route, Anna makes the acquaintance of Countess Vronsky (Olivia Williams), who is then met at the train station by her son, the dashing cavalry officer Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). When Anna is introduced to Vronsky, there is a mutual spark of instant attraction that cannot - and will not - be ignored.
"Anna Karenina" opens in theaters nationwide Wednesday, November 21. For details, visit focusfeatures.com/anna_karenina.