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Elena (2011)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  29 September 2011 (Russia)
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When a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threaten dutiful housewife Elena's potential inheritance, she must hatch a desperate plan ...

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Elena
Andrey Smirnov ...
Vladimir
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Katerina
Aleksey Rozin ...
Sergey
Evgeniya Konushkina ...
Tatyana
Igor Ogurtsov ...
Sasha
Vasily Michkov ...
Lawyer
Aleksey Maslodudov
Yekaterina Tarkovskaya
Ivan Mulin
Nikita Slepchenkov
Yury Borisov
Igor Yurtaev
Yaroslav Zhalnin
Vasily Prokopyev
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Elena and Vladimir are an older couple, they come from different backgrounds. Vladimir is a wealthy and cold man, Elena comes from a modest milieu and is a docile wife. They have met late in life and each one has children from previous marriages. Elena's son is unemployed, unable to support his own family and he is constantly asking Elena for money. Vladimir's daughter is a careless young woman who has a distant relationship with her father. A heart attack puts Vladimir in hospital, where he realizes that his remaining time is limited. A brief but somehow tender reunion with his daughter leads him to make an important decision: she will be the only heiress of his wealth. Back home he announces it to Elena. Her hopes to financially help her son suddenly vanish. The shy and submissive housewife then comes up with a plan to give her son and grandchildren a real chance in life. Written by Cannes Film Festival

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$9,035 (USA) (18 May 2012)

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$23,278 (USA) (13 June 2014)
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The deleted scenes are described below:
  • Elena walks down a hospital corridor crying quietly, then stops at a window and fights back her tears.


  • Lilya talks to Elena on a mobile phone while in bed, then gets up (she is shown wearing an undershirt and men's boxers), hugs and kisses her boyfriend who is watching a documentary with Slavoj Zizek on a laptop.


  • Vladimir watches a documentary about a locust infestation on a flatscreen in his hospital room while it's raining hard in the street.


  • The lawyer visits Vladimir in the hospital. Vladimir's room is shown from outside and we can't hear them talking.


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Katerina: Shit's gotta be tasty, millions of flies can't be wrong.
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that's it?
14 May 2012 | by (Tartu, Estonia) – See all my reviews

The beautiful camera-work is not enough to redeem this utterly banal and empty story. The underlying message raises the old question of utilitarianism: is the happiness of the many more important than the wealth of a few? This is as deep as it gets and disappointment awaits at the end - is that all?

The main character's motivations are not entirely convincing. The only interesting character is the rich man's rebellious daughter. The rest are pawns in a mundane play full of tediously and pointlessly protracted scenes of everyday life.

Philip Glass returns with his equally banal and repetitive music, a five-minute repetition of one short motif.


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