Everything that I Know,I Know Only Because I Love...
That's a quote from War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy, possibly the most celebrated ficiton writer ever.
Pretty artsy and literary quote, huh? Impressed? Excellent!
Confession time: I haven't read War and Peace. I am however gonna download it onto my Kindle and read it one of these days. Really. I am. Truly. Trust me. Would I lie to you?
Why is this top of mind now? Because I just watched a fantastic movie on DVD with Christopher Plummer as Tolstoy and Helen Mirren as his wife, called The Last Station.
Tolstoy is elderly and dying in The Last Station, and considering giving away all his money to the followers of his new upstart religion Tolstoyism (think free love commune kind of deal). His devoted if not exactly sane wife is not happy about this at all. James MacAvoy is his new secretary and basically our eyes, learning about the people and the struggle between them.
Despite its pedigree, this is not a stuffy drama, it is witty and sexy and warm and funny and endearing. It's about love and marriage and religion and communism and social justice and passion and money. If I had seen it last year, when it came out, it would have been one of my favourites of the year.
Hell, maybe I will make it one of my favourites for this year. I consume tons of movies in theatres and especially on DVD, and most of them are totaly crap. This one is sensational. See it!