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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
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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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Production Co:

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

Vladimir's profession is never mentioned in the film but Andrey Zvyagintsev and Andrey Smirnov discussed what it could be. They presupposed an elderly rich man from today's Russia could have been a security officer from the KGB, or a functionary of Komsomol (the youth division of the Soviet communist party), or a scientist who went into business after the Soviet Union collapse, and they decided Vladimir should be a scientist because Smirnov didn't look like the other two types. Despite the character's status, Smirnov considered him "an a**hole". See more »

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[first lines]
Elena: Get up...
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Referenced in Pozner: Andrey Zvyagintsev (2011) See more »

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Not a Good Respite after Viewing The Borgias
2 October 2011 | by George BazhenovSee all my reviews

I watched six episodes of The Borgias (Season 1) in as many days and decided that I needed a break so I turned patriotic and went to the nearest cineplex to watch Elena. Not a good idea although I returned to The Borgias happier than I had left them - Episode 7 looked like a light comedy compared to Elena.

The best part of the film was the acting by Andrey Smirnov (Vladimir) and Nadezhda Markina (Elena). Actors who play their children are also very talented. The director uses long shots without single edit quite liberally and it creates almost unbearable suspense.

I would recommend this film to anyone who can stomach watching slow-moving horror. It is a scandal that the Russian National Academy of Motion Picture Arts did not nominate Elena for Oscar. The film is brilliant although it does not provide a good respite for watching The Borgias.


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