It's 1910 and celebrated Russian author Leo Tolstoy (Christopher Plummer) is dying. He has been arguing with both his wife (Helen Mirren), and his secretary and protégé (Paul Giamatti), his 13 children want his time, money and approval, and he's conflicted about a Christian anarchist movement that was started in his name. When he leaves his estate, he ends up at a railroad station in Southern Russia, where a crowd of reporters has gathered to file reports on his condition. Also with Anne-Marie Duff, James McAvoy, John Sessions and Patrick Kennedy IV. Directed by Michael Hoffman. [1:52]
SEX/NUDITY 7 - A woman in a low-cut nightgown gets in bed with a man, they remove their nightgowns (bare chest, breasts and nipples are seen), she lies on top of him and they both grunt, suggesting sex; she asks if this is his first time and next morning someone knocks on the door and shouts, "If you're going to behave like rabbits, then you should live in the woods."
► A man and a woman argue about whether love and sex are different; we then see them in his bedroom, nude from the waist up and we see bare chest, breasts and nipples; the two embrace and kiss, say, "I love you" to one another, and the scene ends.
► A wife tells her husband, "I'm still your little chicken and you're still my big cock"; he sits on the bed where she is lying under covers and the scene ends (sex is implied).
► A woman repeatedly tells a man that sex is not love. A man states in a job interview that he is celibate. Two men discuss sexual intercourse in several scenes, and in one scene, an older man tells a younger man that he and all his relatives were born on the couch they are sitting on (the younger man jumps up as the older man laughs). A woman tells a younger man that her husband spent his younger years "whoring around." An older man asks a younger man if he is a virgin, and he says he is. A man tells a woman that he has discussed his relations with women in conversations with another man; the woman asks what relations they would be, and he replies that sexual intercourse among men, women, and animals is neutral. An elderly woman shouts to a table full of guests that peasants want only to drink and "whore around." A woman teases a man by saying that she had a married lover before. An older woman tells a younger man that she loves romance and asks if he loves a woman and that love is important and liberals would never understand that.
VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - An elderly man lies dying in a room in a rail station: he seems confused and cannot recognize people, and coughs and breathes in a rasping manner, while people argue around him; his wife sits beside him, he coughs many times, and dies.
► After an argument, an elderly woman picks up a pistol and shoots a younger man's picture four times; when her husband rushes in, she points the gun at him and then at her own right temple before throwing it to the floor.
► An elderly woman falls through an office window, while screaming at three people in the room. An elderly woman throws and smashes expensive china and glassware down a long dinning table and an elderly man says that he has had enough and will leave her.
► An elderly woman screams and runs outside, throws herself onto a boat dock and rolls into the river; we see her lying face up and unmoving, a man pulls her out of the water and a doctor revives her -- she is told the next day that her husband said that if she killed herself, he would be upset, and she shouts.
► An elderly woman is a hypochondriac and she pretends to be ill and collapses to the floor while others around her pick her up and place her in bed; in one scene, as she lies on the floor moaning, a doctor shows her that she is just lying on a fork and tells her to get up.
► An elderly man and an elderly woman argue and shout throughout the film about their marriage, children, and wealth. An elderly woman yells at a younger man in several scenes, calling him several names. A man argues with many people about the religious divisions, especially the Russian Orthodox Church, and an elderly woman confronts him many times, telling him that his philosophy is a made-up, fake church.
► We see people dressed in black, grieving around a coffin.
PROFANITY 4 - 8 sexual references, 2 anatomical terms, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (idiot, fool, morons, leper, devil, sycophant, pervert, "my love," opera house, romantic nonsense, noxious church, fake religion, Count Generosity, insane, senile, so-called disciple, fat acolyte, liberal, idiotic abuses, ridiculous, tiresome, pompous, whore, puritanical, absurd, unstable, weasel), stereotypical references regarding the poor, the rich, Christianity, women, wives, business people, conservatives, liberals, 17 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - During dinner men and women drink from wine glasses, and bottles of wine and brandy sit on a sideboard. A woman on a porch lights a cigarette and smoke briefly.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Love, relationships, family, politics, money, class differences, politics, fame, literature, Christianity, the Russian Orthodox Church.
MESSAGE - Love is most important in life.