Elena and Her Men (1957)



Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

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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.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Criterion Collection


Ingrid Bergman
as Elena Sokorowska
Mel Ferrer
as Henri de Chevincourt
Magali Noël
as Lolotte
Jacques Morel
as Duchene
Gaston Modot
as The Leader of Gypsies
Jean Marais
as François Rollan
Leon Larive
as Henri's Servant
Albert Remy
as Buchez
Paul Demange
as A Spectator
Gerard Buhr
as Soldier
Pierre Bertin
as Martin-Michaud
Claire Gerard
as The Strolling Woman
Jean Richard
as Hector
Dora Doll
as Rosa la Rose
Gregori Chmara
as Elena's Servant
Jacques Jouanneau
as Eugene Godin
Renaud Mary
as Fleury
Jim Gerald
as Cafe Owner
Mirko Ellis
as Marbeau
Jean Claudio
as Lionel Villaret
Jean Ozenne
as Government Representative
Jacques Hilling
as Lisbonne
Olga Valéry
as Aunt Olga
Robert Le Beal
as The Doctor
Leo Marjane
as The Street Singer
Michele Nadal
as Denise Godin
Palmyre Levasseur
as News Vendor
Simone Sylvestre
as Henri's Friend
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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.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The fact that Jean Renoir was its director is the ultimate oddity. How this fiasco could have happened is difficult to explain.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Bergman's signature elegance remains the only enduring element of Renoir's light-hearted confection.

October 21, 2004
AV Club
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

[R}eminds us of Renoir's complexity in even his "simpler" works.

Full Review… | June 16, 2015
Senses of Cinema

Audience Reviews for Elena and Her Men

Ingrid Bergman was a treasure, stunningly beautiful and an amazing actress. Elena et les hommes is very well made, funny, and worth watching. But there's no chemistry between our major players, and the whole is somehow less fulfilling that its parts, and ends up enjoyable but ultimately forgettable.

Jim Phillips
Jim Phillips

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 nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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 Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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