7 out of 10 powerplants.
the score insinuated a climax; to be honest i was taken by surprise that it ended when it did.
Elena which I proclaim as a masterpiece. The film is brilliantly crafted and engrossing from start to finish, it's very much a modern day Hitchcock thriller. The film is about a Middle-aged woman named Elena, who's a meek wife to her emotionally distant second husband, Vladimir. When he decides to leave his riches to his estranged daughter, Elena chooses to take drastic action to provide for her own adult son.The film observes class resentment in a very compelling and surprising matter.,Of course Zvyaginstey's observes it in empathetical matter , and at the same time it takes you in a direction that you least expect. At first you're led to believe that the title character Elena is a sympathetic woman that's just trying to take care of her lethargic unemployed son and his family, but gradually it's more about Elena's liberation, and her own liberation can ultimately bring her down a path that is even worse and more confined.. This film is filled with so much tension, with the help of a fantastic Phillip Glass score, and it has many surprising twists and turns. Unlike most thrillers with very familiar premises, you really get inside these characters. This is a great thriller-drama with so much to say about class discrepancy that just happens to elevate the thriller genre. This is one of the most brilliantly acted and masterfully directed films you will see this year. Rating **** out of ****