Elena

Елена - Elena

DVD - 2012 | Russian | Widescreen version
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A gripping, modern twist on the classic noir thriller. Sixty-ish spouses Vladimir and Elena uneasily share his palatial Moscow apartment. He's a still-virile, wealthy businessman, and she's his dowdy former nurse who has clearly 'married up.' When a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threaten the dutiful housewife's potential inheritance, she must hatch a desperate plan.
Publisher: [United States] : Zeitgeist Films, c2012
Edition: Widescreen version
Branch Call Number: DVD E WORLD (RUSSIAN)
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (109 min) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors (Original Script): Звягинцев, Андрей
Маркина, Надежда
Смирнов, Андрей
Лядова, Елена

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China2013
Feb 01, 2020

Amazing!

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Punnoval
Jan 19, 2020

This is the best of the 5 Zvyaginsky films that I've seen - in order of appeal (Elena, The Return, Loveless, Leviathan, Banishment.) Except for the initial scene (crow in tree) Z. keeps his Tarkovskian urges under control.
Everybody is either feckless or watching out for themselves and nobody is lovable.

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belousenko
Nov 05, 2019

Great movie.

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JoaBiblio
Oct 26, 2018

Interesting portrayal of post-soviet Russia life realities.

An interesting take on consumer society in contemporary Russia, propelled along by a murder. Gorgeous to look at.

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empbee
Mar 18, 2016

Good movie. The conversation between father and daughter is well done. It says a lot.
The action of a dutiful mother is sad. Her action is not done out of love but maybe she sees it as justice. The meaningless life for both rich and poor is portrayed.

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ms_mustard
Jan 06, 2016

how does a woman choose to survive when her life is about to take a sudden turn for the worse?

the director - who also did Leviathin - prides himself on the silences in this film.

the first Russian film I've seen that showed life in the upper class

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0cho
Aug 10, 2015

This movie is very interesting to see the differences between the classes in Russia and the way they live. This movie is extremely slow, I mean the first 5 minutes you watch a crow do nothing. Overall the story is nothing special and for me very unrealistic. She goes from loving the guy to killing the guy overnight. Really!!! Give this movie a pass, not a very worthwhile foreign movie.

noir125 Jul 23, 2015

Smartly, naturally directed and acted on a frank, lush backdrop of 21 C Russia city life. It's pleasing to see a woman betrayed rectify things when the odds are against her and where tribal, personal justice triumphs and a narrower, legal justice would not.

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ThomasJWhiting
May 24, 2015

I couldn't find and/or figure out how to turn on English subtitles...

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