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Elena Reviews

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September 13, 2012
A remarkable film...spare and acutely observed.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 10, 2012
... a broad critique of Putin's Russia and corrupting effects of both poverty and wealth on ordinary human values.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
August 10, 2012
In different hands, "Elena" might have been a noir thriller, but this serving of cinematic borscht is as cold as a Russian winter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 19, 2012
Be sure to see "Elena" with a friend, because it's the sort of movie where the real experience begins after it ends.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 19, 2012
"Elena" is a riveting psychological suspense film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 13, 2012
A quiet, subtle mystery whose long, penetrating takes have drawn comparisons to Andrei Tarkovsky and whose mordantly ironic conclusion may remind you of Claude Chabrol.
July 12, 2012
Zvyaginstsev makes the most of the ghastly settings, which include a backyard that ominously features nuclear cones - and the kinds of compartmentalized living spaces that Hitchcock used for droll effect in "Rear Window."
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 12, 2012
It's a sort of slow-boil Russian noir, if that genre exists, and if it doesn't, it does now.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 12, 2012
The script, by Oleg Negin and Zvyagintsev, uses spare dialogue to quietly devastating effect. Performances are superb across the board, framed in elegant widescreen compositions that simmer with violence.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 12, 2012
Andrei Zvyagintsev's film isn't stupid or crude, and we can pretty well imagine how all the characters feel, even though it doesn't make them sympathetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 26, 2012
Elena takes us into the mind of a woman who has been pushed by life into an uncomfortable corner where she has to choose between different kinds of love...[a]very solid, intense drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 22, 2012
A nicely noirish, cynically satisfying drama set in a gritty, urban Moscow that would otherwise not seem to be a haven for wildlife.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 17, 2012
A thoroughly modern twist on the classic noir, framed for our modern times in contemporary Moscow, where the gap between the haves and the have nots is stark.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 16, 2012
Elena is an acquired taste, a film that doesn't provide cheap thrills or easy, pat resolutions, nor any moral certainty
June 8, 2012
Here's a tip: Don't feel. Think. Zvyagintsev wants you to come out of "Elena" thinking something, and if your realization is an uneasy one, that's OK with him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 6, 2012
Acid portrait of an unhappy marriage in contemporary Moscow.
May 31, 2012
A grim, effective allegory of the daily whirl in Putinland.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 31, 2012
"Elena" reveals a filmmaker in full command of his art and not much interested in catering to an audience. If you want this film, you have to meet it more than halfway.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 29, 2012
Director Zvyagintsey displays a deft hand with his small troupe of performers and has a talent for making family dramas with an edge.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 27, 2012
...has more in common with Chantal Akerman's "Jeanne Dielman" [than "The Return"] imbued with a Russian male perspective on today's dog eat dog world, a breakdown of societal morality.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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