Tale of love and hate

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‘‘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.’’

opens to­day.

Keira Knight­ley stars along­side stun­ning sets and cos­tumes in di­rec­tor Joe Wright’s

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