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Elena (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama | 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 ...

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Elena
... Vladimir
... Katerina
... Sergey
Evgeniya Konushkina ... Tatyana
Igor Ogurtsov ... Sasha
Vasiliy Michkov ... Lawyer (as Vasily Michkov)
Aleksey Maslodudov
Ekaterina Tarkovskaya
Ivan Mulin
Nikita Slepchenkov
Igor Yurtaev
Yaroslav Zhalnin
Vasily Prokopyev
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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$9,035, 20 May 2012, Limited Release

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$23,278, 15 June 2014
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According to Andrey Zvyagintsev, Elena Lyadova's performance was so amazing that towards the end of filming, he wished her role was bigger. See more »

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Elena: Get up...
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Arranged and performed by Zhenishbek Zhumakadyr
© ZHENISHBEK ZHUMAKADYR, 2008
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Well done worth seeing.
16 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

Most of the complaints about the movie fail to realize that sometimes, in more artistic works time, lighting, limited dialogue are used to create a mood. This move had a very interesting message, and in order to demonstrate the predicament that Elena is in. I could relate to her and how she felt that she was used and that her step daughter takes things for granted. While Elena is a very modest women who is looking out for the best interests of those around her.

I did enjoy the film, and as with most foreign films I enjoy the lighting the music and the overall feel. This goes a long way in order to transport us to another time and place. I actually felt for Elena right from the start of the film.

You must see in order to understand but I hope you get as much as I got out of it.


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