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Elena Reviews

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May 6, 2013
A chilly noir about the beaten paths and icy ruts of Russian life in the capital, post-Communism. In a land of schemers, Elena suggests, the urban cloisters of Moscow's elite are as self-sealing as the lowly masses' stifling Soviet-era flats.
January 4, 2013
The kind of family drama that gives family dramas a good name.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
November 14, 2012
Though very Russian, there is an extremely universal story at the heart of this film ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 13, 2012
A perfectly formed drama that gradually takes hold and doesn't let go.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 2, 2012
It's very gloomy. It's very Russian. It's as powerful as any picture released this season.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 29, 2012
A slow-burning but engrossing drama that takes an intriguingly dark view of the sanctity of family in order to explore the ways in which bad seeds have a habit of flourishing in any environment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 28, 2012
It's a gripping, resonant tale, and Nadezhda Markina is outstanding as Elena, and far more sympathetic than perhaps she should be.
October 26, 2012
One of the very best Russian films of the past year.
October 26, 2012
It may seem slow and lugubrious but it draws you into these complex, contradictory lives the way a spider lures a fly into a web.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 25, 2012
A deeply satisfying film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 25, 2012
Zvyagintsev, who made The Return and The Banishment, does a good impression of constructing a world while secretly spinning a web.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 25, 2012
A withering admonishment of capitalism and the emotional mindset that comes with.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 25, 2012
[An] understated but gripping drama about family ties, about the way that sometimes tensions vie with tenderness in even the closest relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 24, 2012
Quietly gripping Russian drama with a thought-provoking script and a captivating central performance from Nadezhda Markina.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 19, 2012
Zvyagintsev moves the story with a slow, brooding pace - aided by a somber Philip Glass score - that turns the screws patiently and inexorably toward a shattering conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 17, 2012
Backed by a sparing Philip Glass score, Elena eloquently shows how, in modern Russia, even family relationships are at the mercy of business.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 16, 2012
Sturdy performances, fine photography from Mikhail Krichman, good use of music by Philip Glass and a pleasingly terse script make for incisive, gripping drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 4, 2012
Absorbing but slow-moving family drama taking place in post-Soviet Russia.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
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