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Elena (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama | 29 September 2011 (Russia)
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Elena
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Vladimir
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Katerina
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Sergey
Evgeniya Konushkina ...
Tatyana
Igor Ogurtsov ...
Sasha
Vasiliy Michkov ...
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Aleksey Maslodudov
Ekaterina Tarkovskaya
Ivan Mulin
Nikita Slepchenkov
Yury Borisov
Igor Yurtaev
Yaroslav Zhalnin
Vasily Prokopyev
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Elena and Vladimir are an older couple, they come from different backgrounds. Vladimir is a wealthy and cold man, Elena comes from a modest milieu and is a docile wife. They have met late in life and each one has children from previous marriages. Elena's son is unemployed, unable to support his own family and he is constantly asking Elena for money. Vladimir's daughter is a careless young woman who has a distant relationship with her father. A heart attack puts Vladimir in hospital, where he realizes that his remaining time is limited. A brief but somehow tender reunion with his daughter leads him to make an important decision: she will be the only heiress of his wealth. Back home he announces it to Elena. Her hopes to financially help her son suddenly vanish. The shy and submissive housewife then comes up with a plan to give her son and grandchildren a real chance in life. Written by Cannes Film Festival

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$9,035 (USA) (18 May 2012)

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$23,278 (USA) (13 June 2014)
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The scene with Elena coming to church was not in the original script. Andrey Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin argued whether it was necessary. See more »

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Elena: Get up...
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Referenced in Pozner: Andrey Zvyagintsev (2011) See more »

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Kyrie Eleison: Mass in B Minor, BWV 232-Kyrie
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Performed by Rundfunkchor Leipzig
(P) & © 1992 PHILIPS CLASSIC
(P) OOO UNIVERSAL MUSIC, 2010
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contemporary bleakness
16 January 2017 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Andrey Zvyagintsev's "Elena" is a not a pretty picture of modern Russia. One can see a stark contrast between the life of affluent life that the protagonist and her husband lead and the miserable life that her son leads. The gang that beats up a homeless man adds to the dismal factor. It's no accident that Elena does what she does towards the end.

Many of the shots last a couple of minutes each, creating a sense of realism. By all accounts, most of the characters see no future. Like Zvyagintsev's previous movie "The Return", it's a focus on a grim, unforgiving world (his more recent "Leviathan" focused on the same sort of topic but also incorporated corruption in the story). The residences alone show the difference: Elena and Vladimir live in a swanky loft, while her son lives in a crumbling apartment building (one of those Khrushchev-era edifices that had design problems from the start).

I recommend the movie. Along with the main plot, it poses the question: can Russia ever see a future?


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