Reviews: Elena (2012)

Reviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Due immagini restano scolpite: l’incontro dall’avvocato di famiglia di Tatyana e Elena, due placidi avvoltoi, e la nuova famiglia, che prende possesso dell’appartamento di Vladimir.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
    • Excerpt: The kind of family drama that gives family dramas a good name.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
  • Cynthia Fuchs @ PopMatters
  • Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]
    • Excerpt: En ce sens, Elena n’est ni un film machiavélique (même si son sujet l’est), ni un film volubile (même si sa mise en scène l’est). Récit d’une belle femme sexagénaire superbement interprétée, généreuse de son temps et de son amour, on la verra sombrer dans un réseau de contraintes dont elle ne ressortira pas indemne.
  • Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row
  • Marty Mapes @ Movie Habit
    • Excerpt: Not a shot is wasted in a tale of two families
  • Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge
    • Excerpt: Elena is the third film from director Andrei Zvyagintsev (The Return and The Banishment), a slow drama that raises some difficult moral questions and contains some great performances.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies
    • Excerpt: A depressing tale of two homely spouses who use each other, but indulge their respective children and create a dependent, irresponsible lineage. Look for political parallels.
  • Jonathan Richards @
    • Excerpt: Elena is beautifully accessorized with clean, elegant camerawork by Mikhail Krichman, and a compelling score from Philip Glass. But if a movie’s story doesn’t grab you, the accessories are just wrapping around a disappointing gift.
  • [New – 6/28] | Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guy’s Opinion
  • Ron Wilkinson @

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