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Elena is at once a portrait, an autobiography and a history of family trauma.
The movie becomes a defiant reversal of that sentiment, an act of creation in the face of death.
A type of cinematic performance art, with all the self-consciousness that suggests - a sibling love story that's no less heartfelt for being in the form of a first-person poem.
Mysterious and hermetic, this memoir is a collage of home movies, photographs, audio recordings and lyrical narration that reframes a troubled family history through a heartbroken lens.
Costa may not be detail-oriented when it comes to the minutiae of her sister's biography, but when it comes to creating emotional portraiture, she's exhaustive.
This haunting and dreamlike cinematic essay is filmmaking at its most personal.
Melancholy turns self-indulgent, its images of women swimming underwater an all-too obvious nod to Ophelia.
Elena doesn't simply profile a woman who became depressed because she was stranded in a strange land or because her career failed to live up to her expectations-though those factors didn't help-but a woman who was just depressed.
Unique look at how suicide hurts an entire family. . .But dreamy exploration starts to move into self-indulgence, and comes close to narcissism about being an actress.
The film drifts apart in its last stretch, but that doesn't diminish the overall effort.
Women's cinematic quests for identity are singular, as they so often involve reminiscences of a dead relative... Elena adds another assured and courageous voice.
This is a film about the invisible things passed down from generation to generation, that nasty inheritance that cages us into patterns and puzzles we try to solve in someone else's name.
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