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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
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Sturdy performances, fine photography from Mikhail Krichman, good use of music by Philip Glass and a pleasingly terse script make for incisive, gripping drama.
In different hands, "Elena" might have been a noir thriller, but this serving of cinematic borscht is as cold as a Russian winter.
A quiet, subtle mystery whose long, penetrating takes have drawn comparisons to Andrei Tarkovsky and whose mordantly ironic conclusion may remind you of Claude Chabrol.
Zvyaginstsev makes the most of the ghastly settings, which include a backyard that ominously features nuclear cones - and the kinds of compartmentalized living spaces that Hitchcock used for droll effect in "Rear Window."
It's a sort of slow-boil Russian noir, if that genre exists, and if it doesn't, it does now.
A chilly noir about the beaten paths and icy ruts of Russian life in the capital, post-Communism. In a land of schemers, Elena suggests, the urban cloisters of Moscow's elite are as self-sealing as the lowly masses' stifling Soviet-era flats.
Though very Russian, there is an extremely universal story at the heart of this film ...
A perfectly formed drama that gradually takes hold and doesn't let go.
It's very gloomy. It's very Russian. It's as powerful as any picture released this season.
A slow-burning but engrossing drama that takes an intriguingly dark view of the sanctity of family in order to explore the ways in which bad seeds have a habit of flourishing in any environment.
It's a gripping, resonant tale, and Nadezhda Markina is outstanding as Elena, and far more sympathetic than perhaps she should be.
It may seem slow and lugubrious but it draws you into these complex, contradictory lives the way a spider lures a fly into a web.
The mundanity of the everyday is examined, but do you really want to watch someone slowly making a bed?
Zvyagintsev, who made The Return and The Banishment, does a good impression of constructing a world while secretly spinning a web.
A withering admonishment of capitalism and the emotional mindset that comes with.
[An] understated but gripping drama about family ties, about the way that sometimes tensions vie with tenderness in even the closest relationships.
Quietly gripping Russian drama with a thought-provoking script and a captivating central performance from Nadezhda Markina.
Zvyagintsev moves the story with a slow, brooding pace - aided by a somber Philip Glass score - that turns the screws patiently and inexorably toward a shattering conclusion.
Backed by a sparing Philip Glass score, Elena eloquently shows how, in modern Russia, even family relationships are at the mercy of business.
Absorbing but slow-moving family drama taking place in post-Soviet Russia.
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