Elena and Her Men

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An impoverished Polish princess in turn-of-the-century Paris marries for wealth but continues to take lovers. Writer/director Jean Renoir's comedy was for a long time available only in a shorter, English-dubbed version called Paris Does Strange Things.


Critic Reviews for Elena and Her Men

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

  • Fantasy, yes, but hardly escapist in the astonishing pertinence with which it reduces the hawkish military and political ambitions of the day to derisory farce while demonstrating the infallibility with which love goes on making the world go round.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • The fact that Jean Renoir was its director is the ultimate oddity. How this fiasco could have happened is difficult to explain.

    Mar 25, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Bergman's signature elegance remains the only enduring element of Renoir's light-hearted confection.

    Oct 21, 2004

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
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  • What's interesting is the way that Renoir preserves a strong erotic and romantic thread (the love between Bergman and Ferrer) all the way through the movie's farcical elements.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The film is ravishing to look at (with Ingrid Bergman radiant at its center), and its mid-80s 35-millimeter restoration is a sumptuous treat indeed.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • [R}eminds us of Renoir's complexity in even his "simpler" works.

    Jun 16, 2015 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Elena and Her Men

  • Apr 29, 2011
    Silly concoction is a minor work for all involved. Ingrid, in her last foreign film before her exile from Hollywood due to the Rossolini scandal ended and triumphant return in Anastastia, is charming and her dresses are incredibly beautiful. But the settings have a sense of falseness to them, even wealthy people's homes look like someone lives there, these are obvious sets. Even the outdoor scenes have a claustrophoic feeling of being stagebound. Mildly amusing but almost completely forgettable.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Dec 14, 2007
    A Full 5 Stars, I seldom do that. This is Movie from the Criterion Collection, like most movies from this collection its outstanding. Its in French with English Subtitles. Its easy to see that Ingrid Bergman was both beautiful and talented. We really don't see that in Female actors today, They are hot for a while but there flame burns out quickly. Back in the Day and Actor or Actress was just that.
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2005
    [font=Century Gothic]"Elena and Her Men" starts out in an early 20th century Bastille Day celebration in Paris. Elena(Ingrid Bergman) is a Polish princess in exile who helps ambitious men succeed by mysteriously giving them daisies. Her latest protege has just learned that his opera will be produced. The next is hero General Rollan(Jean Marais) who has just taken the position of War Secretary and many want to be President of the Republic. Meanwhile, having run out of pearls to sell, Elena accepts a marriage proposal from a hideously wealthy shoe manufacturer. [/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Elena and Her Men" is a delightful, fabulously looking bit of nonsense.(It's never explained how exactly Elena helps the men...) Jean Renoir returns partially to the scene of "Rules of the Game" when part of the film takes place in a country estate with the gentry and servants cavorting together. I have a possible complaint about a relatively young democracy like France in this movie being so keen on seeking such a strong military leader as its president. [/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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