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Elegy -- David Kepesh is an eminent 70-year-old cultural critic and lecturer at a New York college who's womanizing ways were ended by a devastating, all-consuming affair he had eight years before with voluptuous 24-year-old Consuela Castillo, a graduate student and daughter of a prosperous Cuban family.
Elegy -- This is the theatrical trailer for Elegy, directed by Isabel Coixet.
Elegy -- Clip: You're such a cynic


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Writers (WGA):
Nicholas Meyer (screenplay)
Philip Roth (novel)
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Release Date:
29 August 2008 (USA) See more »
Love Has No Boundaries
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Penélope Cruz ... Consuela Castillo

Ben Kingsley ... David Kepesh

Dennis Hopper ... George O'Hearn

Patricia Clarkson ... Carolyn

Peter Sarsgaard ... Kenny Kepesh

Debbie Harry ... Amy O'Hearn (as Deborah Harry)

Charlie Rose ... Charlie Rose

Antonio Cupo ... Younger Man

Michelle Harrison ... 2nd Student

Sonja Bennett ... Beth

Emily Holmes ... 1st Student

Chelah Horsdal ... Susan Reese

Marci T. House ... Administration Nurse

Alessandro Juliani ... Actor #3 in Play

Tiffany Lyndall-Knight ... Actor #2 in Play

Laura Mennell ... Cute Girl

Andre Lamal ... Talk Show Host

Shaker Paleja ... 3rd Student

Kris Pope ... Consuela's Brother

Julian Richings ... Actor in Play #1

Tania Saulnier ... George's Girlfriend

Michael Teigen ... Waiter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alan Wyn Hughes ... Student (uncredited)
Braden Jennings ... Class student #7 (uncredited)

Ryan McDonell ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Isabel Coixet 
Writing credits
Nicholas Meyer (screenplay)

Philip Roth (novel "The Dying Animal")

Produced by
Andre Lamal .... producer
Gary Lucchesi .... producer
Judd Malkin .... executive producer
Terry McKay .... executive producer (as Terry A. McKay)
Eric Reid .... executive producer
Tom Rosenberg .... producer
Richard S. Wright .... executive producer (as Richard Wright)
Cinematography by
Jean-Claude Larrieu (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Amy E. Duddleston  (as Amy Duddleston)
Production Design by
Claude Paré 
Art Direction by
Helen Jarvis 
Set Decoration by
Lin MacDonald 
Costume Design by
Katia Stano 
Makeup Department
Gitte Axen .... assistant makeup artist
Donna Bis .... assistant hair stylist
Susan Boyd .... assistant hair stylist
Victoria Down .... key makeup artist
Sherry Linder-Gygli .... key hair stylist (as Sherry Gygli)
Ana Lozano .... makeup artist: Ms. Cruz
Martin Samuel .... hair stylist: Penelope Cruz
Production Management
Terra Abroms .... post-production supervisor (as Terra Mair Abroms)
Penny Gibbs .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Misha Bukowski .... key second assistant director
Sandra Mayo .... first assistant director
Louisa Phung .... trainee assistant director
Rhonda Taylor .... third assistant director
Art Department
Gerald Abrams .... plasterer
Kelly Bemben .... scenic carpenter
Brent Bennett .... set decoration buyer
Michael A. Billings .... assistant set decorator (as Michael Billings)
Derek Bobroff .... on-set painter
Derek Bobroff .... scenic artist
Keith Brooks .... set dresser (as Keith Brookes)
Gordon Brunner .... on-set dresser
Lubor Cencak .... scenic artist
J. Geoff Crosby .... scenic carpenter
John Dale .... construction foreman
Laurie Dobbie .... prop buyer
Melay Drasic .... scenic carpenter
Kjose Elliott .... prop photos
Donald Engel .... lead carpenter
Keith Esch .... lead painter
Jack Gauvreau .... scenic carpenter
Leah Gejdos .... set dresser
Rick Guetre .... scenic helper
Mike Keel .... set dresser
Jan Kobylka .... construction coordinator
John Kobylka .... on-set carpenter
Ted Konings .... scenic helper
Ray Lai .... graphic artist
Jim McGill .... set dresser
Marta McLaughlin .... assistant property master
Wayne McLaughlin .... property master
Dale Menzies .... lead carpenter
Jay Mitchell .... set designer
Denyse Nelson .... lead dresser
Rob Nicholson .... lead carpenter (as Bob Nicholson)
James Reddy .... lead dresser (as James 'JJ' Reddy)
Jan Reeves .... scenic painter
Michel Rheault .... construction buyer
Rodrigo Segovia .... assistant art director
Jennifer Silver .... scenic painter
Sharon Thompson .... art department coordinator
Mario Tomas-Niedworok .... paint coordinator (as Mario Tomas)
Rohan Lyal .... head greensman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Robert Batha .... first assistant sound editor (as Rob Bartha)
Todd Beckett .... sound re-recording mixer
Kelly Cabral .... sound supervisor
Paul Timothy Carden .... sound editor
Chris David .... sound re-recording mixer
Mike Hibberson .... boom operator
Rachel Holley .... sound editor
Travis MacKay .... adr recordist
Aynee Osborn .... sound editor (as Aynee O. Joujon-Roche)
Nancy Parker .... foley artist
Jan Petrov .... adr recordist
Andy Potvin .... sound consultant: Dolby
Karen Schell .... cable person
Martin Schloemer .... sound mix recordist
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist (as Edward Steidele)
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Chris Trent .... foley mixer
Rob Young .... sound editor
Melissa A. Corns .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
William H. Orr .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Tony Cammarata .... digital imaging technician: Pacific Title and Art Studio (as Anthony Cammarata)
John Campuzano .... visual effects coordinator: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Marc Canas .... digital imaging technician: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Vincent Cirelli .... visual effects supervisor: Luma Pictures
Michael Degtjarewsky .... senior compositor: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Mark Freund .... visual effects supervisor: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Jason Locke .... digital compositor: Luma Pictures
Glenn Morris .... visual effects producer: Luma Pictures
Brian Nogle .... digital imaging supervisor: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Scott Purdy .... digital imaging coordinator: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Brett Reyenger .... digital compositor: Luma Pictures
Brent Rodin .... digital imaging technician: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Greg Rodin .... digital imaging lead camera: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Jared Ross .... digital imaging technician: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Marc Ross .... visual effects executive producer: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Tara Salinas .... digital imaging io: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Luke Slendebroek .... digital imaging technician: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Steven Swanson .... visual effects supervising producer: Luma Pictures
Alexandre Cancado .... digital effects artist: Luma Pictures (uncredited)
Robert Coquia Jr. .... data management vfx (uncredited)
Payam Shohadai .... executive visual effects supervisor: Luma Pictures (uncredited)
Cary Welton .... digital restoration artist: R!OT (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ken W. Anderson .... rigging gaffer (as Ken Anderson)
Igor Beuhler .... grip
Kevin Black .... key grip
Aarron Brady .... grip
Keith Brooks .... set wireman (as Keith Brookes)
Isabel Coixet .... camera operator
Roberto W. Contreras D. .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Roberto Contreras)
Tyler Guenther .... rigging grip
Sean M. Harding .... first assistant camera (as Sean Harding)
Jeff Harvey .... best boy electric (as Jeffrey Harvey)
Seth Hettrick .... key rigging grip
Richard LaBossiere .... rigging best boy
Joseph Lederer .... still photographer
Casey MacIntyre .... video assist operator
Mark Murphy .... rigging best boy
Robert L. O'Hara .... dolly grip
Diyah Pera .... still photographer
Andrew Pereszlenyi .... lighting technician (as Andrew 'Slinky' Pereszlenyi)
Pascal Pillot-Bruhat .... gaffer
Eric Reid .... still photographer: fine art photography
Jean-Marc Saldini .... film loader
Owen Stambuck .... best boy grip
Trevor Taylor .... lighting technician
Todd Turner .... lighting technician
Thomas E. Watson .... generator operator (as Thomas Watson)
Tyler Woeste .... second assistant camera
Richard Zimmerman .... grip
Dan Fraser .... electrician (uncredited)
Junichi Hosoi .... steadicam (uncredited)
Animation Department
Matt Melis .... animator: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Casting Department
Heike Brandstatter .... casting: Canada
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Tiffany Mak .... casting assistant: Canada
Coreen Mayrs .... casting: Canada
Trica Thompson .... casting coordinator: Canada
Natasha Tony .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Crystine Booth .... assistant costume designer
Jennifer Dawson .... costume set supervisor (as Jen Dawson)
Summer Dietz .... costumer: prep
Kathy Houghton .... costumer: prep (as Kathy Kertesz Houghton)
Monique McRae .... costume coordinator
Paulette Nelson .... extras costumer
Debbie Tallman .... costumer: prep
Melissa Woods .... truck costumer
Editorial Department
Pete Conlin .... post production
Siggy Ferstl .... digital intermediate colorist
J.D. Funari .... marketing editor
Justine Halliday .... associate editor
Jonathan Hoffman .... post production
Mary Nelson-Duerrstein .... negative cutter (as Mary Nelson-Fraser)
Gary Oldroyd .... post-production coordinator
Eric Potter .... assistant editor
Stephen R. Sheridan .... color timer (as Steve Sheridan)
Tami Zamberg .... post-production assistant
Music Department
Isabel Coixet .... music supervisor
Eric Craig .... music consultant
Brian McNelis .... music consultant
Angie Rubin .... music editor
Christy Carew .... music arranger: additional music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Al Baxter .... driver: grip truck
Stephen Carr .... personal driver
Deamo Fatovic .... driver: cast trailer
Kim Harmer .... transportation coordinator
David Holm .... driver: hair/makeup/wardrobe trailer (as Dave Holm)
Ron James .... driver: lighting truck
Jason Lapp .... driver: honeywagon
Brian J. Madore .... driver: construction (as Brian Madore)
Ken Marsden .... driver: Mr. Kingsley
Dave Miller .... driver: Ms. Coixet
Andrew O'Bray .... transportation captain
Carrie O'Bray .... driver: cast trailer
James Perenseff .... driver: prop tryck (as James L. Perenseff)
Wayne Power .... driver
Jan Tayler .... driver
Rob Vreugde .... driver: camera truck
Ted Wassenaar .... driver: set decoration truck
Other crew
Allison Adams .... assistant: Mr. Kingsley
Jackie Andrade .... chef: Simply Divine Catering
Tyra Atkins .... production assistant
Morgan Brady .... production assistant
Unjoo Lee Byars .... main title producer (as Unjoo Byars)
Stephen Chan .... production assistant
Errin Clutton .... assistant: Ms. Coixet
Jason Collier .... key location production assistant
Dennis Davidson .... International publicity consultants
Brett Davies .... assistant production coordinator
Hans Dayal .... assistant location manager
Jitka Dermiskova .... production assistant
Heather Douglas .... assistant: Mr. Lamal (as Heather F. Doiuglas)
Kathy Edwards .... post production accountant
Kelsey Evans .... production assistant (as Kelsay Evans)
Nita Gayle .... stand-in: Penélope Cruz
Rick Guetre .... first aid: construction
Scott Herbst .... assistant: Mr. Lucchesi
Elizabeth Himelstein .... dialect coach: Ms. Cruz (as Liz Himelstein)
Sam Kim .... production assistant
Leslie Knoll .... accounting clerk
Wendy Kush .... assistant: Nicholas Meyer
Michele Lee .... first assistant accountant (as Michele Lee Shellenberg)
Michael J. LeGresley .... location scout (as Michael Lesgresley)
Kyle Leydier .... assistant: Mr. Kingsley
Grant Lutz .... production assistant
Tracy MacLeod .... chef: Simply Divine Catering (as Tracey MacLeod)
Sandra Matossi .... production accountant
Tal Meirson .... supervisor of production financing
Jennifer Metcalf .... production coordinator
Lee Anne Muldoon .... unit publicist
Rino Pace .... location manager
Gabriela Rosas .... assistant chef: Simply Divine Catering
Paul Russell .... production assistant
Bruce Schluter .... main title designer: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Kate Schriver .... assistant: Mr.Rosenberg
Dan Smith .... production assistant
Mike Thompson .... craft service
Mike Thompson .... first aid
Portia Tickell .... script supervisor (as Portia Belmont)
John Tsolinas .... production assistant
Debbie Van Dusen .... first assistant accountant
Daniella Wells .... assistant: Ms. Cruz
Tamara Grace Wiebe .... office production assistant
Tony Willett .... stand-in: Ben Kingsley
Shayne A. Wilson .... assistant production coordinator
Janice Yip .... production assistant
Stephanie Brown .... production assistant (uncredited)
Chantal Cholette .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond representative (uncredited)
Darren Kelly .... production assistant (uncredited)
Benjamin Luk .... daily production assistant (uncredited)
James Notari .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael James 'Scotty' Scott .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Max Smerling .... assistant: executive producer: Eric Reid (uncredited)
Zoe Aimee Zaitzeff .... production assistant (uncredited)
Kee Kee Buckley .... thanks (as Christine Buckley)
James McQuaide .... thanks
Toby Midgen .... thanks

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Rated R for sexuality, nudity and language
112 min
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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 »
Consuela Castillo:Beautiful picture.
David Kepesh:Beautiful woman.
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63 out of 84 people found the following review useful.
Take a look inside, 29 August 2008
Author: C-Younkin from United States

"Elegy" is the fifth movie Ben Kingsley has done this year and its been so good to see him back in form the last couple years cause I honestly thought that doing "Bloodrayne" was his way of saying "I'm losing my mind." Nicholas Meyer wrote the movie from a novel by Phillip Roth. The last time Meyer adapted something from Roth we got Anthony Hopkins playing a black guy in "The Human Stain", and that was just one of many problems that that movie had. "Elegy" was directed by Isabel Coixet though, who I really only know from the short film "Bastille", one of a group of films that can be found in the all-around beautiful love letter to Paris film, "Paris J'Taime." She seems well-suited for this love story, as do Kingsley and Penelope Cruz. Only the question is, can they all make a better movie than "The Human Stain"? Kingsley plays cultural critic David Kepesh, a man who spent most of the 60's sexual revolution unfortunately married. Now a divorced college professor, Kepesh has devoted much of his after graduation activities to hitting on former students, his most recent conquest being Consuela Castillo (Penelope Cruz), a hard working woman from a Cuban family. Just Consuela awakens a sense of passion in him and soon he is thrown into a confusing situation where he jealously wants to have her for his own but his fear of commitment to another woman has him pushing her back when she wants to get closer.

At times funny and heartbreakingly moving, this movie mostly just makes you think how lazy most men are when it comes to relationships. I found it interesting how even a cultural critic, a man who spends his life looking for deeper meaning in everything, can look at a woman and only see a sex toy. That what a woman holds inside is a short substitute for what she holds outside. David being self-conscious about his age adds another dimension, backing up that long held belief by men that women are also more concerned with what's on the outside as well. It's all material that has been worked over before in countless romances and the ending relies on that old romantic cliché of throwing in a fatal disease that threatens the life of one of the characters but in general director Isabel Coixet creates a moving, heartfelt love story complete with sensual sex scenes, beautiful piano-background music and some really nice (and tasteful) shots of Penelope Cruz's boobs and ass.

There is also some really excellent acting going on in this movie. Kingsley charges into his role like a lion, showing David's brashness in preying on the young girls he so dearly missed out on during his married youth, but he also brings regret, vulnerability, and cluelessness to David that make him worthy of sympathy. And Penelope Cruz couldn't be better as his above-age Lolita, bringing a soft-spoken sexiness and warmth to a woman trying mightily to disarm a man primarily drawn to women as play things. And where has Dennis Hopper been? This is one of his best performances in a long time, playing a man whose gone through the wringer a couple times with relationships himself who now offers up his own wisdom, coupled with some comic relief as well. Patricia Clarkson does what she can in a small role as an on-again off-again sex buddy for David. She has a fantastic scene in the movie later on where she describes what life is like for older women but then unfortunately the character is never seen again.

"Elegy" doesn't simmer with romance but it's not exactly a slow-moving disaster either. It offers up some food for thought and it's artfully created while Kingsley, Cruz, and Hopper each supply fantastic performances. If you're interested in a May-December romance, this one fits the bill just fine for the time being.

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