"I saw you today on television playing the wise old man who knows everything. The one who always knows better. The one who knows what's good culture, and what people should read, and all about music, all about art...You know so many things. But I'm here, trying to celebrate this important moment
of my life. And I decide to have a party
and I want to have you here. Because you mean
everything to me."
I don't know how I feel about Debbie Harry and Dennis Hopper as an old married couple.
Most of what happens near the end of the films squanders the otherwise great performances from Penélope Cruz and Ben Kingsley.
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.
"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."
What's not to love about Penélope Cruz and Ben Kinglsey? The cinematography is gorgeous. A hearbreaker that fluidly unfolds. This movie cut a good chunk out of my heart. I took Isabel Coixet very seriously afterward.
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.
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.