Elena (2014)


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Elena, a young Brazilian woman, moved to New York with the same dream her mother had: to become a film actress. She left behind a childhood spent in hiding during the years of the military dictatorship. She also left Petra, her beloved seven-year-old sister. Over time, Elena's calls and letters home trailed off, until one day they stopped entirely. Years later, Petra also becomes an actress and heads to New York in search of her destiny, but also in search of her troubled sister. She remembers and imagines Elena through home movies, letters, a diary, and dreamlike sequences full of longing. As she tries to unravel the mystery of her sister, their stories overlap and begin to blur, challenging us to discover truths about forgiveness, loss, catharsis, and love. (C) Variance Films

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Elena is at once a portrait, an autobiography and a history of family trauma.

Aug 8, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The movie becomes a defiant reversal of that sentiment, an act of creation in the face of death.

Jul 7, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 12, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 5, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 5, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

This haunting and dreamlike cinematic essay is filmmaking at its most personal.

Jun 5, 2014 | Full Review…

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