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Elena - Movie Synopsis & Plot

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 must hatch a desperate plan.... Masterfully crafted by award-winning Russian filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev (Golden Globe nominee The Return) and featuring evocative, Hitchcockian music by Philip Glass, "Elena" is a subtly stylish exploration of crime, punishment and human nature.

MOVIE REVIEW

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?
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