very conflicted I'd have thought but not cold at all
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.
It begins the way many traditional japanese dramas of the 40's and 50's began, but the class conflicts and family preocupations of yore are given a post-modern perspective where the moral standpoint of the main character becomes increasingly faded and volatile, to the point where her decisions are not so easily justified or reprehensible. Shot with skill and a startling sense of atmosphere, this film stays with you.
The tense, expectant atmosphere and prowling camera movement of Zvyagintsev's "The Return" are present, but without the powerful and unsettling effect of his debut film. The story of Elena as an essentially kept woman is squandered in favour of a feeling of ennui. However, as usual with Russian films, the quality acting is a (alas, only partial) compensation. (Russians make my favourite actors!)
Quietly engrossing drama about a woman whose husband refuses to help take care of her struggling son and his family. When he decides to leave them out of his will completely, she must resort to unthinkable measures to ensure their well being. Anchored by a strong central performance, the film is a study in understated suspense and unspoken pain.
violent without blood, and intentionally cold, like the relations between the characters. like the rarefied air of two different suburbs, two fates of death in the contemporary Russia, bound together by the same call of crows in the streets...
Liked this very much, visually beautiful, nicely paced, wisely told. Music score - perfect. Wondefully nuanced performance from Nadezhda Markina.
De Zvyagintsev ya habia visto El Retorno, esta pelicula comparte solamente el estilo filmico, los encuadres y la iluminacion en interiores (que el retorno tuvo muy pocas escenas asi). Es un drama de un punto de vista muy interesante, como una persona toma decisiones muy dolorosas y que pueden doblegar el espiritu por un bien mayor, su familia, la cual parece no merecerla.