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Directed By: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Runtime: 1 hour, 49 minutes
Rating: PG for thematic elements, violence, language, and smoking
Distributor: Zeitgeist Films Country: Russia Release Date: May 16, 2012 With: Andrey Smirnov, Nadezhda Markina, Elena Lyadova, Alexey Rozin, Evgenia Konushkina, Igor Ogurtsov, Vasily Michkiv, Alexey Maslodudov Russian with English Subtitles
Winner of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize, ELENA is 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; she’s his dowdy former nurse who has clearly “married up.” Estranged from his own wild-child daughter, Vladimir openly despises his wife’s freeloading son and family. But when a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threaten the dutiful housewife’s potential inheritance, she must hatch a desperate plan…. Masterfully crafted by award-winning Russian filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev (Golden Globe nominee The Return) and featuring evocative, Hitchcockian music by Philip Glass, ELENA is a subtly stylish exploration of crime, punishment and human nature.
“CRITICS’ PICK! Post-Soviet Russia in Andrei Zvyagintsev's somber, gripping film ELENA is a moral vacuum where money rules, the haves are contemptuous of the have-nots, and class resentment simmers.”—Stephen Holden, New York Times
“An intensely compelling slice of noir about moral rot and class warfare in post-Soviet Russia....A bone-deep existential unease and spiritual alienation, a preoccupation with sin that is at once quintessentially Russian and wholly archaic..... [Zvyagintsev’s] vision of eternal human frailty is inescapably tragic and religious — and brutally unforgiving.”—Ella Taylor, NPR
“PICK OF THE WEEK! Mesmerizing! A mysterious existential thriller that’s brilliantly acted and masterfully directed, without a second of wasted screen time.”—Andrew O’Hehir, SALON