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Elena -- 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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Andrey Zvyagintsev (screenplay) and
Oleg Negin (screenplay)
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29 September 2011 (Russia) See more »
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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 ... Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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13 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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"Life-affirming and distinctly directed..." See more (50 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Nadezhda Markina ... Elena
Andrey Smirnov ... Vladimir

Elena Lyadova ... Katerina
Aleksey Rozin ... Sergey
Evgeniya Konushkina ... Tatyana
Igor Ogurtsov ... Aleksandr
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Igor Yurtaev

Directed by
Andrey Zvyagintsev 
 
Writing credits
Andrey Zvyagintsev (screenplay)

Oleg Negin  screenplay

Produced by
Ekaterina Marakulina .... line producer
Alexander Rodnyansky .... producer (as Aleksandr Rodnyanskiy)
 
Original Music by
Philip Glass 
 
Cinematography by
Mikhail Krichman 
 
Film Editing by
Anna Mass 
 
Art Direction by
Andrey Ponkratov 
 
Sound Department
Andrey Dergachev .... sound
Kévin Feildel .... french dubbing editor (as Feildel Kévin)
Stanislav Krechkov .... dialogue editor
Aleksandr Volodin .... sound effects recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Maksim Malyavin .... digital intermediate supervisor
Dmitriy Tokoyakov .... visual effects supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Maksim Malyavin .... digital intermediate supervisor
 
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Alesia Weston .... thanks
 

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109 min
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It all started when a British producer proposed a project with four films made by four different directors, all touching upon the topic of apocalypse. For about a month, director Andrey Zvyagintsev and screenwriter Oleg Negin looked for a plot and found "two or three curious concepts," but then Negin phoned Zvyagintsev one night and suggested they should meet. At the meeting, he told Zvyagintsev almost the complete plot of the future film. The story is based on an incident from Negin's life.See more »
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Referenced in Palace (2012)See more »

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22 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
"Life-affirming and distinctly directed...", 22 January 2012
Author: Sindre Kaspersen from Norway

Russian screenwriter and director Andrey Zvyagintsev's third feature film succeeding his award-winning feature film debut "The Return" (2003) and "The Banishment" (2007), was written by Oleg Negin and tells the story about Elena, a former nurse who lives with her wealthy husband Vladimir. The middle-aged couple have a good marriage and when Elena's unemployed son Sergey and his wife, who lives nearby, needs financial support, Elena asks her husband to help them. Vladimir is not willing to help her son and when he makes his daughter Katya his sole heiress, their relationship turns cold.

This quietly paced and character-driven drama about a woman who wants to help her son from a previous relationship and a father who wants to help his daughter from a previous relationship, emphasizes the basic struggle for love and how this causes mistrust and distances people from one another. With his precise camera movements, gritty milieu depictions and intimate portrayals of family relations, Andrey Zvyagintsev creates great realism, tension and exceptional scenes of a baby.

This minimalistic study of character is finely photographed by the director's frequent collaborator Mikail Krichman and has a poignant and remarkable instrumental score which creates an efficiently unpredictable atmosphere and reinforces the concentrated narrative structure. A witty, life-affirming and distinctly directed film with prominent and understated acting performances by Russian actresses Nadezhda Markina and Yelena Lyadova, and Russian actor Andrey Smirnov.

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