The Kreutzer Sonata (2008)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B

USA, 2008.  Kreutzer Films.  Screenplay by , Bernard Rose, based on the novel by .  Cinematography by Bernard Rose.   Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by Bernard Rose. 


An experimental project by Leo Tolstoy is dragged into the modern age with disastrous results in this ambitious but ultimately unimpressive film. meets a concert pianist at a dinner party and woos her away from her current relationship, the two of them holing up in his apartment and enjoying countless bouts of sexual intimacy before deciding to make a legitimate go of a relationship. When she begins a new musical project with another man, his passion becomes jealous rage as he, unjustifiably, begins to suspect her of infidelity. Tolstoy’s knack for human nature makes him organic in any time period; other than adapting setting and dialogue it is no surprise that the plot works in any era, but Bernard Rose’s sluggish direction and the opaque performances by the leads make this one impossible to endure. Huston’s half-sister Anjelica makes a brief appearance.

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