• Released
  • May 16, 2012
  • NR , 1 hr 49 min
  • Art House/Foreign
  • 9 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: Vladimir cuts out his wife and her son from his will and leaves all his money to his daughter.

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Slant Magazine

By Chuck Bowen
Elena is a film deeply concerned with class resentment, but the filmmakers' attitude toward their titular character is disconcerting and...
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Nadezhda Markina is splendid as Elena, who speaks little but still manages to make her thoughts and emotions crystal clear.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Elena reveals a filmmaker in full command of his art and not much interested in catering to an audience. If you want this film, you have to...
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By Ella Taylor
Beneath the noirish topicality of Elena, which won a special jury prize at Cannes last year, lies a bone-deep existential unease and...
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Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
Rarely do movies-never mind foreign ones, of any nationality - explore an honest-to-God ethical quandary. Elena, in its concentrated...
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Total Film

By Tom Dawson
Backed by a sparing Philip Glass score, Elena eloquently shows how, in modern Russia, even family relationships are at the mercy of...
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Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
It's a sort of slow-boil Russian noir, if that genre exists, and if it doesn't, it does now. It's also a statement on class discrepancy in...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
There's no music to tell you what to think. It's just three good actors and one director's merciless powers of observation.
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Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
This is a quiet, powerful film about the lengths we'll go to for the sake of the people we love - and the depths we'll sink to for the sake...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Shoot this film in black and white and cast Barbara Stanwyck as Elena, and you'd have a 1940s classic.
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Rated NR