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Elegy (2008)

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Cultural critic David Kepesh finds his life -- which he indicates is a state of "emancipated manhood" -- thrown into tragic disarray by Consuela Castillo, a well-mannered student who awakens a sense of sexual possessiveness in her teacher.



(screenplay), (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy O'Hearn (as Deborah Harry)
Younger Man
2nd Student
1st Student
Susan Reese
Administration Nurse
Actor #3 in Play
Actor #2 in Play


David Kepesh is growing old. He's a professor of literature, a student of American hedonism, and an amateur musician and photographer. When he finds a student attractive, Consuela, a 24-year-old Cuban, he sets out to seduce her. Along the way, he swims in deeper feelings, maybe he's drowning. She presses him to sort out what he wants from her, and a relationship develops. They talk of traveling. He confides in his friend, George, a poet long-married, who advises David to grow up and grow old. She invites him to meet her family. His own son, from a long-ended marriage, confronts him. Is the elegy for lost relationships, lost possibilities, beauty and time passing, or failure of nerve? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Love Has No Boundaries


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 August 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Elegy: Dying Animal  »


Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$104,168, 10 August 2008, Limited Release

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Did You Know?


When Consuela is napping on the beach, the book beside her is Selected Essays by John Berger. See more »


At one point Ben Kingsley says to Penelope Cruz, "The beast with two backs. Where's that from?" She answers Shakespeare and he agrees that it's from Othello. The fact is that Shakespeare borrowed it from the original author, Francois Rabelais. The phrase appears in French as "la bête à deux dos" in Gargantua and Pantagruel, 1532. See more »


Consuela Castillo: Beautiful picture.
David Kepesh: Beautiful woman.
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Auld Lang Syne
Traditional tune, lyrics by Robert Burns (uncredited)
Arranged and Performed by Christy Carew
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adaptation of the Roth novella The Dying Animal.
18 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

This is the first time that Roth has been successfully transferred to the screen. An uncompromising movie for grownups with two exquisite central performances, and some very nice supporting turns by Clarkson, Hopper and Sarsgaard. What impressed me about this movie is that it dares to be slow, dark, almost meditative. Roth's short book does not have much plot to it, so that adapting it to the screen runs more risks than would be the case for one of his more developed novels. But the director and screenwriter make a virtue of the book's spare narrative elements. It takes its time studying faces, glances and shadows. I will be happy if I see another movie half as good this year.

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