Friday, August 05, 2011

ELENA (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2011)

****
Russia
There is a father-daughter hospital-bedside scene here that is blunt, witty, fiercely unsentimental yet deeply moving. It is a masterclass in acting and dialogue.

The film is otherwise a pretty straightforward [im]morality tale - schematic but convincing, compelling and elegantly mounted.

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