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Elena

Released: 26/10/2012 Released in key cities.
Andrey Zvyagintsev is a man of few films – 2003's The Return was an austere masterpiece, and he's only made one other since, until now. Our heroine is a modest woman, re-married to a rich businessman. The problem of securing an inheritance for her son by a previous marriage arises, but the Russian director makes of it something quite unlike melodrama. For more information visit: http://www.newwavefilms.co.uk/view-film-detail.html?viewListing=NzI=&cat=1
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The Independent“A major talent...” Andrey Zvyagintsev's drama of bad blood unfolds with such outward calm and deftness that we are not prepared for its quietly horrifying denouement...
 
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Little White Lies“Engrossing and beautifully constructed...” If the film has a problem, it's a central twist which stretches credibility for the sake of its thesis. But this is an exceptional piece of filmmaking, which brilliantly attaches a dour contemporary resonance to a militantly old school template...
 
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Total Film “An elegantly shot parable...” Backed by a sparing Philip Glass score, Elena eloquently shows how, in modern Russia, even family relationships are at the mercy of business...
 
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The Observer“A sharp, bitterly comic story...” It's a gripping, resonant tale, and Nadezhda Markina is outstanding as Elena, and far more sympathetic than perhaps she should be...
 
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Time Out“This is smart, gripping cinema...” The corrupting power of money runs through the veins of this superb Russian film like formaldehyde flowing through a corpse. The story has an eerie, powerful simplicity...
 
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The Telegraph“The cinematography is gorgeous and mesmerising...” There is a beautifully realised subtlety in Andrey Zvyagintsev’s understated but gripping drama about family ties, about the way that sometimes tensions vie with tenderness in even the closest relationships...
 
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Guardian“A deeply satisfying film...” If Claude Chabrol had made a film that looked like a Russian parable of human vanity, it might look like this gripping and disturbing film from Andrey Zvyagintsev...
 
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Empire“Impeccably staged and grippingly paced...” As a snapshot of contemporary Russian life, Elena is a stark and impressive piece of work. Under its brooding exterior is a solemnly effective thriller, too. Recommended...
 
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