Tale of love and hate
‘‘I think shame is a deeply difficult thing to live with and I think she breaks her own moral code,’’ she says.
‘‘What happens to your own perception of yourself when you break your own moral code? You always make yourself into the heroine, but equally you have self-hatred.
‘‘She is the heroine and the anti-heroine. She is the perfect narcissist. She hates herself and she loves herself.’’
Knightley, acclaimed for her performance in The Duchess (2008), read Anna Karenina at 18.
She remembered it as a ‘‘beautiful sweeping romance’’. However, when she picked the novel up again to read before making the film, she says she thought to herself: ‘‘Jesus Christ, this is not at all what I remember.’’ ‘‘Romance is such a small part,’’ she says. ‘‘The companionship, the friendship, the sex. But there’s also the madness, the loneliness, the jealousy, the neurosis.
‘‘And it’s very rarely looked at in its entirety. And I think this book does that. It’s a punch to the stomach, this book. This thing. That’s what this film does.
‘‘It’s looking at love in quite a harsh light.’’
Keira Knightley stars alongside stunning sets and costumes in director Joe Wright’s