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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 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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11 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Devastating film from a brilliant director See more (47 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

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

Elena Lyadova ... Katerina
Aleksey Rozin ... Sergey
Evgeniya Konushkina ... Tatyana
Igor Ogurtsov ... Aleksandr
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Directed by
Andrey Zvyagintsev 
 
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Andrey Zvyagintsev 

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
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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During filming, Andrey Smirnov accidentally broke two ribs while "playing around" with his son outside the set. He felt ashamed to tell the truth on set and said he had slipped on the bathroom floor.See more »
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Devastating film from a brilliant director, 18 August 2013
Author: alan_pavelin from United Kingdom

A third brilliant film by this brilliant director. For me, Andrei Zvyagintsev cannot put a foot wrong, and the only living director to rival him is Terrence Malick. This slow burning and powerful domestic drama is a devastating indictment of Russia today (and not just Russia of course). Elena is a long-suffering and basically good woman who allows herself to become corrupted by the selfishness of those around her, and pays the price right at the end. The long scenes of Elena doing housework (shades of Umberto D and Jeanne Dielman) may seem irrelevant to some, but they are in fact essential to the story. Everyone should see this film, just as they should see his previous two, The Return and The Banishment.

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