A miniature gem, this no-budget, docu-style drama creates an indefinable tension around its mysterious heroine, a newly-qualified live-in nurse whose relations with the family she’s staying with seem to drift beyond the merely professional…
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Refreshingly poignant, EXIT ELENA conceals the underlying psychology of its heroine, played very effectively by co-writer Kia Davis. In a series of sharply observed episodes, director Nathan Silver takes on the horrifying trauma of everyday life experienced by his generation: loneliness, parents, making money. The raw camerawork and improvised acting is by design not default. A small gem. What every indie should be.
So glad I watched this on here before it expired. Mesmerizing, class-A cringe comedy. There's a definite Fassbinder influence, but Silver--who seems like a nicer guy than RWF, even if the "Nathan" he plays here would rank highly on a list of the most unflattering directorial self-portraits in cinema--has his own odd storytelling/editorial rhythms.
If nothing else this film at the very least announces the arrival of a new talent writer/actress Kia Davis who as the title character here exhibits a performance well worth remembering. Plot is pretty bare and for some the reference to paint drying would be apt. For those patient enough rewards are there to be had. The family unit that Elena winds up working for is a thin line away from being a horror movie.
Small film which reflects the struggles of twenty somethings facing today (susch as fitting in, quest of finding oneself etc) Quirky and funny portrait in same vain as the Lena Dunham/Frances Ha generation.