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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 ...

Director:

Andrey Zvyagintsev

Writers:

Oleg Negin (screenplay), Andrey Zvyagintsev
22 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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
Ekaterina Tarkovskaya Ekaterina Tarkovskaya
Ivan Mulin Ivan Mulin
Nikita Slepchenkov Nikita Slepchenkov
Yuriy Borisov
Igor Yurtaev Igor Yurtaev
Yaroslav Zhalnin 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:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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:

Jelena See more »

Filming Locations:

Moscow, Russia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,035, 20 May 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$23,278, 15 June 2014
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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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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Elena: Get up...
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Connections

Referenced in Pozner: Andrey Zvyagintsev (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

All Luck Ran Out
Performed by Sondre Lerche
Author Sondre Lerche (as Sondre Lerche Vaular)
© BUG MUSIC, INC. / © IK MUSIC Ltd.
(P) EMI MUSIC INTERNATIONAL SERVICES Ltd.
EMI MUSIC NORWAY AS/SBA/GALA RECORDS Inc.
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that's it?
14 May 2012 | by fedaykin666See all my reviews

The beautiful camera-work is not enough to redeem this utterly banal and empty story. The underlying message raises the old question of utilitarianism: is the happiness of the many more important than the wealth of a few? This is as deep as it gets and disappointment awaits at the end - is that all?

The main character's motivations are not entirely convincing. The only interesting character is the rich man's rebellious daughter. The rest are pawns in a mundane play full of tediously and pointlessly protracted scenes of everyday life.

Philip Glass returns with his equally banal and repetitive music, a five-minute repetition of one short motif.


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