What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Anna Karenina is a sensuous, visually sumptuous, beautifully stylized take on Tolstoy's classic novel about doomed love in late 1870s Russia. It's quite intense, focusing on how a woman (played by Keira Knightley) turns her back on her husband to be with her lover, putting her marriage, motherhood, and place in society in jeopardy and tearing her apart. There's little nudity beyond cleavage and men's bare chests, but some scenes definitely imply lovemaking, and there's moaning and passionate kissing. Also expect smoking and vodka drinking, as well as some tragic scenes and death.
- Families can talk about Anna Karenina's message. What are audiences intended to take away? Are you meant to admire the characters?
- Why is Anna shunned? Why isn't she able to divorce her husband? What does her situation say about the role of women at the time?
- How is this period drama different from most period dramas? Is it a format that works?