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Elegy (I) (2008)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  29 August 2008 (USA)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenny Kepesh
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 <>

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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:

$104,168 (USA) (8 August 2008)


$3,577,210 (USA) (7 November 2008)

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David tells Consuela that she looks like Goya's Maja Desnuda. Penélope Cruz (who plays Consuela) plays Pepita Tudó in Volavérunt (1999), possibly a model for the Maja Desnuda. See more »


George O'Hearn: Beautiful women are invisible.
David Kepesh: Invisible? What the hell does that mean? Invisible? They jump out at you. A beautiful woman, she stands out. She stands apart. You can't miss her.
George O'Hearn: But we never actually see the person. We see the beautiful shell. We're blocked by the beauty barrier. Yeah, we're so dazzled by the outside that we never make it inside.
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References Charlie Rose (1991) See more »


Diabelli Variation Op. 120 No. 29
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Kirill Bolshakov
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A Monumental Cruz
19 September 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Perhaps the most moving aspect of this very moving adaptation of Philip Roth's "The Dying Animal" is Penelope Cruz's extraordinary performance. Ben Kingsly is also superb but we're kind of used to see him explore different universes with absolute ease. From "Ghandi" to "Sexy Beast" Penelope Cruz is a whole other story. From "Volver" to "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" to "Elegy" in rapid succession have transformed this Spanish beauty into one of the best actresses of her generation. She gets under your skin and transmits the emotional journey of her characters with a powerful strength that lasts and lingers. The truth she carries is all consuming and makes the experience totally unforgettable. Her performance alone makes "Elegy" a must see.

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