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Elena (2011)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 29 September 2011 (Russia)
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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 ...

Director:

Andrey Zvyagintsev

Writers:

Oleg Negin (screenplay), Andrey Zvyagintsev
23 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nadezhda Markina ... Elena
Andrey Smirnov ... Vladimir
Elena Lyadova ... Katerina
Aleksey Rozin ... Sergey
Evgeniya Konushkina Evgeniya Konushkina ... Tatyana
Igor Ogurtsov Igor Ogurtsov ... Sasha
Vasiliy Michkov Vasiliy Michkov ... Lawyer (as Vasily Michkov)
Aleksey Maslodudov Aleksey Maslodudov ... Vitek
Ekaterina Tarkovskaya Ekaterina Tarkovskaya
Ivan Mulin Ivan Mulin
Nikita Slepchenkov Nikita Slepchenkov
Yuriy Borisov
Igor Yurtaev Igor Yurtaev
Yaroslav Zhalnin
Vasily Prokopyev Vasily Prokopyev
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Storyline

Elena and Vladimir are an older couple, they come from different backgrounds. Vladimir is a wealthy and cold man, Elena comes from a modest milieu and is a docile wife. They have met late in life and each one has children from previous marriages. Elena's son is unemployed, unable to support his own family and he is constantly asking Elena for money. Vladimir's daughter is a careless young woman who has a distant relationship with her father. A heart attack puts Vladimir in hospital, where he realizes that his remaining time is limited. A brief but somehow tender reunion with his daughter leads him to make an important decision: she will be the only heiress of his wealth. Back home he announces it to Elena. Her hopes to financially help her son suddenly vanish. The shy and submissive housewife then comes up with a plan to give her son and grandchildren a real chance in life. Written by Cannes Film Festival

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Thy Will Be Done.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The block where Elena and Vladimir live is in Khamovniki, a prestigious district in the central Moscow. As of 2012, one apartment in that block cost around 10 million dollars. (Their apartment itself and its outside view, however, were filmed indoors, with artificial trees.) The block where Sergey's family live, and the power plant, are in Biryulyovo Zapadnoye District in the southern outskirts of Moscow. Director Andrey Zvyagintsev concealed the locations by replacing the street signs for the time of filming. See more »

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[first lines]
Elena: Get up...
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Features Davay pozhenimsya! (2008) See more »

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All Luck Ran Out
Performed by Sondre Lerche
Author Sondre Lerche (as Sondre Lerche Vaular)
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EMI MUSIC NORWAY AS/SBA/GALA RECORDS Inc.
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Russian class
16 January 2014 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Andrey Zvyagintsev 's 'The Return' is my favourite film to date of the 21st century. 'Elena', a personal drama that illuminates the class structure in contemporary Russia, is not quite so powerful – it's very slow, and the ambiguity of motive that drove the earlier film is not there. And on first viewing it wasn't clear to me whether the shocking but strangely ambivalent ending is a work of genius or the sign of a film that has lost its focus. Still, the director's ability to construct haunting, unexpected images has not deserted him; some scenes reminded me of Keislowski in his Polish phase, just about the highest praise I can give.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

29 September 2011 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Moscow, Russia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,035, 20 May 2012

Gross USA:

$233,380

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,227,905
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Non-Stop Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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