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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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According to Andrey Zvyagintsev, Elena Lyadova's performance was so amazing that towards the end of filming, he wished her role was bigger. See more »

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Katerina: Shit's gotta be tasty, millions of flies can't be wrong.
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Slit your wrists time
8 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

Made the mistake of watching this in the early hours of the morning. Jasus - what a mistake. Based on earlier comments here, I thought I was in for a bit of a treat - something thought provoking, mind broadening etc. Nothing could be further from the truth. Clichéd, trite and ultimately, infuriating. It tells us nothing new about the human condition and even less about the state of Russia today. If this is an accurate depiction of conditions/mores there, then God help us. I am still struggling to decipher the message- if indeed there is one.

Is it - greed is good; blood's thicker than water; the pursuit of wealth always ends in unhappiness. I don't know and, having endured 90 minutes plus of this rubbish, I don't really care. A truly awful film which only insomniacs or manic depressives could enjoy.


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