Somewhat boring but still quite thought provoking drama about the foundations of human relationships. Love, sex and friendship - lust, trust and responsibility. These topics are presented from subjective perspective without ready or easy answers. On the other hand, I do criticize the overwhelming upper-middle-class point of view which enables full break away from questions concerning ones position in society.
A vicious and biting drama, the best kind. Chock-full of brilliant performances from everyone involved, Elegy is nothing short of extraordinary. Ben Kingsley, especially, as a misogynistic professor profoundly changed by his student (Cruz) is top-notch. And Meyer, who directed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, makes a 180° turn from sci-fi to write one of the best screenplays of 2008.
Otra peli para llorar...pq el amorsh es asi,,,dificil?!.....si los dos se quieren que mas da el resto....si se puede ser feliz de una vez. .....el profesor engrupido con su alumna nunca piensa que se puede enamorar de ella y lo hace, ahi queda su cagada interna porque se sabe muy independiente y bkn y solitario y mujeriego.......las cosas cambian y hay que asumirlo cuando es para bien (o no?)
"As if life were a constant unveiling of ourselves and our dreams. A process of destruction of the foundations we build to keep up the fortresses that protect us. Before becoming a film about a story (sad) love is a movie about human frailty. Recommend." www.cinemadebuteco.com
The film's speed was quite good. It was pensive, yet ongoing. Camera-work was also very good. My problem was the character build-up. While Ben Kingsley was spot on, Penelope Cruz changes from shy, to subtly flirty, to passive; probably an effect of bad actor-direction. It causes a bit of awkwardness that makes the whole thing lacking in chemistry.
Did not read the novel,but got the impression this did not translate well to the screen.Ben Kingsley,in nearly every scene,is convincing,but there is no chemistry with Penelope Cruz. But,it did tackle the subject of teacher-student relationships seriously. Would have liked to see more of the wonderful Patricia Clarkson.
Watching Ben Kingsley do this role was a pleasure. Penelope Cruz and Dennis Hopper did a great job too, but the film is slow and I felt that nothing was at stakes. A bit pretentious in my opinion, definitely a signature Isabel Coixet film. I don't really know what to make out of the film.
A mostly well-crafted character drama that gets off to a strong, compelling start, but toward the end it digresses into a bland melodrama. Exceptional performances by Ben Kingsley, Penelope Cruz, and Patricia Clarkson, and Dennis Hopper brings some essential energy to the mix - though Peter Sarsgaard comes on a bit too strong. A solid effort to adapt one of Philip Roth's incredibly internal novels to the screen, but not completely successful.