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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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Well made but not the most interesting of movies. 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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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Well made but not the most interesting of movies., 15 May 2012
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

This is the sort of movie that will do well at film festivals and with certain critics but for me it's all a bit too familiar, though there is simply no denying that this still remains a very well made movie.

Kind of funny but while watching this movie it kept reminding me of a different Russian movie that I had seen; "Vozvrashchenie". I only found out later that the movie indeed had been directed by the same director; Andrei Zvyagintsev. So he obviously is a person with a very strong and distinctive style but yet I wasn't as intrigued with this movie as I was was with "Vozvrashchenie".

It's a movie that shows how one event can change everything in a family. That is good all but it's not exactly something that has never been done in any movie before. I did wish that the movie would had done some more interesting stuff at times with its story and characters but it instead makes the choice to be a simplistic and straightforward as possible, which adds to the realism perhaps but not to the originality and it doesn't make this the most interesting or effective genre example either.

The movie definitely takes the time to setup things but it feels a bit pointless at times. Really, the movie too often is showing you absolutely nothing and some sequences are needlessly long. The movie wants you to fill in things for yourself mostly and doesn't just lay out everything. It's the reason why the movie also often has no dialog at all in it. The first part and the final part of the movie is like this. It seemed like things were developing- and starting to get interesting in the middle but it doesn't ever push through.

Still I can't be very negative toward this movie. It's obviously a superior made movie, that is beautiful looking as well, with its cinematography, that helps to set up a nice mood for the movie. Also nothing wrong with its storytelling. I mean, it does what it does well, even though it just isn't my cup of tea and it really isn't the best, most original, or intriguing example of the genre that I have ever seen. It's great to watch still, if you are into these type of movies.

A really good movie, you can still real easily do without though and is hardly the best that the genre currently has to offer.

7/10

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