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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 »
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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  (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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Igor Yurtaev
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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
Alesia Weston .... thanks

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109 min
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The scene with Elena coming to church was not in the original script. Andrey Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin argued whether it was necessary.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.
Poignant and far sighted, 21 July 2013
Author: mithil293 from india

In my most recent pursuit to catch a foreign film, I found myself sitting with a latte at a public screening watching 2011 Russian movie 'Elena' directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. The latte made me late by 2-3 minutes but fortunately I didn't miss much of it.

If you have already seen the movie then please read the trivia section of this movie on IMDb. It gives the movie whole lot more meaning and opens up the movie for a different thought process on a new level. The movie on the other hand doesn't drop such hints and instead gives an impeccable narration. That may be the best thing about the movie. The poignancy is also a major factor all through the movie, there are moments when the camera pans in and out or stays rigid and let life around it grow and express. Although for a first timer this type of situations may seem confusing, but having an open mind might make you see things differently. Speaking about ambiguity, reminds me of this scenes that shone the light on such beautiful direction. So Elena wants money for her grandson education and she request Vladimir to help him since her son is unable to do so. Vladimir refuses giving reasons like her son should be responsible enough to provide for his son if he had planned to bring him in this world. In other scene where Vladimir over an animated conversation tells his single daughter to go and have kids, it will make her more responsible. You can see the incoherency in the conversation as Vladimir has irrational love towards his daughter. The director does drop such small subtle hints without actually shoving the message to our faces. The movie is also beautifully captured from the lush apartment in the city to the small apartment in suburbs. The transition is beautiful and am told after reading some reviews that it displays the social divide between the rich and poor. The end is pretty unconventional. Nadezhda Markina puts such fantastic performance as the aggrieved mother. She gets to the screen of the character and we find our self recognizing with this person. The there is Andrey Smirnov as Vladimir the rich, arrogant person played to such finesse. That conversation with her daughter was symbolic of his contribution. Others do play important parts and deserve equal accolades but these two are the performers in this movie. The music is very apt with the situation, in the darker moments it rises to a crescendo giving 'impending doom' feel. The director Andrey Zvyagintsev deserves a hat tip for such impressive work (I am told he has done better). Elena for me is a kind of window into the future, where there will be rich and poor and the term humanity will be modified accordingly. It also shows the parents indefinite and undying love towards their children and the will to do anything to make them happy. I will surely ask you people to give it a watch.

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