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Suspense Foreign Drama
109 min.
Release Date
May 16, 2012 (NY)
DVD Release Date
October 30, 2012
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Running Time
109 minutes
MPAA Rating
Unrated

Winner of Cannes''Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize, "Elena" is a gripping, modern twist on the classic noir thriller. Sixty-ish spouses Vladimir and Elena uneasily share his palatial Moscow apartment--he's a still-virile, wealthy businessman; she's his dowdy former nurse who has clearly "married up." Estranged from his own wild-child daughter, Vladimir openly despises his wife's freeloading son and family. But when a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threaten the dutiful housewife's potential inheritance, she... Full synopsis »

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An old maid turned millionaire's wife realizes that she's going to be denied her husband's inheritance and decides to do something about it in Elena, the 2011 winner of Cannes' Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize. Described as a Hitchcockian thriller but in reality a somber drama without a third act, Elena has a lot of good things going for it until it doesn't, begging the question: what's the point? Full movie review »

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