F. Scott Fitzgerald famously wrote that a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. Michael Hoffman’s The Last Station
shows how another great writer, Leo Tolstoy, lived that quote.
In 1910, the elderly Tolstoy (Christopher Plummer) resides on a vast country estate with his wife of 45 years, Countess Sofya (Helen Mirren). The War and Peace scribe has become such a celebrated figure that his recent championing of celibacy and his opposition to private property have laid the foundation for something resembling a new religion, and a handful of true believ...