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An intelligent, adult, and provocative Philip Roth adaptation that features classy performances, Elegy is never quite the sum of its parts. Read critic reviews

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David Kepesh (Ben Kingsley), a renowned professor, has no interest in monogamy. Instead, he prefers to dabble in lustful flings with women. When he meets Consuela Castillo (Penélope Cruz), a student in her 20s, he is intensely attracted to her. Though his trusted friend George (Dennis Hopper) warns him not to become overly attached to the much younger Consuela, David begins to feel that his relationship with the student may become serious. However, his personal reservations may doom the affair.

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Penélope Cruz
Consuela Castilo
Ben Kingsley
David Kepesh
Dennis Hopper
George O'Hearn
Peter Sarsgaard
Kenneth Kepesh
Charlie Rose
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Antonio Cupo
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Richard Wright
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Eric Reid
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Terry A. McKay
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Judd Malkin
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Jan Claude Larrieu
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  • Nov 16, 2010
    I liked it despite it's relatively low rating. It portrays the raw and sharp edges of lust and love. Kingsley is charming and Penelope is as beautiful as ever! <div style="width:800px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/elegy-official-film-still-11570709"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/11/57/07/11570709_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com">
    Saskia D Super Reviewer
  • Oct 23, 2010
    I had initially rated Elegy much higher than this, but have changed that now with the review. I watched the film a couple weeks ago - and enjoyed it - but the thing is that absolutely nothing stuck around; there is absolutely nothing particularly remarkable about the film. Penelope Cruz is charming, feisty, and vivacious, but what else is new? The only other thing I remember at all, is that Ben Kingsley's character is terrible. I mean, he is convincing enough, but just completely dislikable. I'm not really that fond of Philip Roth's work in general. He's a bit of an old perv and that really shines through in his male characters - especially those professors who sleep with all their students, while cheating on their mistress. It's all overtly sexual, but not in a shocking way and not in an erotic way either. It's just kinky. The only problem with Miss. Cruz according to Mr. Kingsley is that she doesn't just love him for his stick. God forbid that she actually likes him as a person! And those are the three things to note about Elegy. So, I guess the film is watchable, but it is extremely flawed. Really there are more flaws than anything to pick apart to praise. There just isn't anything left.
    Jake . Super Reviewer
  • Sep 17, 2010
    David Kepesh (Ben Kingsley) is an aging intellectual who's kept himself free of emotional attachments but somehow he finds himself falling for Consuela Castillo (Penelope Cruz), a student in his class about 30 years younger. The age difference of the two characters eventually becomes a barricade on the development of the relationship because he doesn't believe that younger a woman can stay with him and doesn't want the disappointment of being dumped. The two lovers break up and only meet again a couple of years later when Cruz shows up on Kingsley's doorstep, diagnosed with breast cancer. Dennis Hopper plays George, David's best friend while Peter Sarsgaard plays Kingsley's estranged son who is married, but having an affair with another woman and the bewitching Penelope Cruz spends a lot of time topless. Based on a novel by Phillip Roth, this film explores a man's many regrets, failings, and losses. It starts out quite nicely with the couple's initial attraction, satisfying one's sexual needs and desires; without considering the ramifications of their actions; until the last fifteen minutes, when the film becomes bathed in sentimentality and unnecessary pathos.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 24, 2010
    This movie suxs, during first 30 min was going to give it 1 star, but as it continued and it kept hitting closer to home. Nothing short of 4 stars.
    Bruce B Super Reviewer

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