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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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