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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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13 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Bland but Flavoursome.... See more (48 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 

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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Andrey Zvyagintsev usually doesn't let his actors read the script before filming but he gave it to Andrey Smirnov when he offered Smirnov the role of Vladimir. At first Smirnov, himself a director, had no intention to act in the film and warned Zvyagintsev during the casting that he couldn't interrupt the editing process of Zhila-byla odna baba (2011), his first film in over 30 years. Zvyagintsev came to Smirnov's place about a month after the casting in order to try to persuade him to star and Smirnov said it was out of the question as he was too busy editing his film, but his wife and son, who were at home too, lashed out at Smirnov, saying he couldn't refuse an offer from a director like Zvyagintsev. The latter promised to adjust the filming schedule for Smirnov. In the end, Smirnov filmed his role when he had days off in April 2010 and managed to devote two weeks to filming in May.See more »
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Referenced in Palace (2012)See more »

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1 out of 2 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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