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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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Director:
Writers:
Andrey Zvyagintsev and
Oleg Negin (screenplay)
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Release Date:
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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12 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Bland but Flavoursome.... 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 
 
Writing credits
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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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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Bland but Flavoursome...., 25 July 2013
Author: azsara from United Kingdom

A curious film to behold, in parts captivating and enticing, it dwindles into somewhat of a pointless parody where one is unsure quite where Andrey Zvyagintsev was going with this one..or if he even knew himself.

I shall explain. We are introduced to two curious characters. Elena, the doting housewife/carer and Vladimir - the provider, stern as he is sensible. The film unravels and is successful in its purpose to entertain us, we have questions, curiosities as the audience, we admire Elena and her stoicism, her domesticity, and her obedience.

As the film progresses we question the roles we have assigned the characters, and as it continues on our original thoughts start to spiral in an uncontrolled kind of chaos, until we reach the climax of the film, and find ourselves lost in some kind of demented Russian imagination.

Enjoy

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