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. –Cannes Film Festival
Andrey Petrovich Zvyagintsev (Russian: Андре́й Петро́вич Звя́гинцев) (born February 6, 1964) is a Russian film director and actor. He is mostly known for his 2003 film The Return, which won him a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
Zvyagintsev was born in Novosibirsk, Siberia. At the age of 20 in 1984 he graduated from the drama school in Novosibirsk as an actor. Since 1986 he has lived in Moscow where he continued his studies at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts until 1990. From 1992 to 2000 he worked as an actor for film and theater. In 2000 he began to work for the TV station REN TV and directed three episodes of the television series The Black Room.
In 2003, he directed his first feature film The Return, which received several awards, including a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. His second feature film The Banishment premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for a Palme d’Or. n 2008, he directed a short segment for the film New York… read more
This cinematographer is the main reason I checked this film out. Didnt disappoint! Lets say I were to make a film and I was able to pick any crew I wanted... this guy would be in my top 5 for cinematographer. The film may or may not be a pinch heavy handed - Im not really sure. Overall its a thought-worthy and perhaps cautionary tale about parenthood, intertwined with social commentary about Russian society today.
Neo-noir in the style of Tarkovsky. Detailed and contemplative, yet efficient and tense.
Near perfect, complete experience. True cinema. Zvyagintsev had already proven himself capable with THE RETURN, yet with ELENA, he exceeded expectations. What a cinéaste.
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Um grito objectivo e puramente cinematográfico.
Para mim, esta é a verdadeira definição de verdadeiro cinema, de um filme completo. E digo completo pois, no fundo, tem tudo… read review
Empty lives in search for something to fill their vacuous souls in a world where there’s nothing to be found ! ‘Modernity’ is a facade in a world where primal instincts still reign supreme and blood… read review
The long introductory shot introducing the apartment Elena shares with her second husband (and former employer) begins looking just like any ordinary apartment then slowly reveals evidence of wealth… read review