Elegy 2008 R CC

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(66) IMDb 6.8/10
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David Kepesh is an eminent 70-year-old cultural critic and lecturer at a New York college who's womanizing ways were ended by a devastating, all-consuming affair he had eight years before with voluptuous 24-year-old Consuela Castillo, a graduate student and daughter of a prosperous Cuban family.

Penelope Cruz, Ben Kingsley
1 hour 53 minutes

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Genres Drama, Romance
Director Isabel Coixet
Starring Penelope Cruz, Ben Kingsley
Supporting actors Dennis Hopper, Patricia Clarkson, Peter Sarsgaard, Deborah Harry, Charlie Rose, Antonio Cupo, Michelle Harrison, Sonja Bennett, Emily Holmes, Chelah Horsdal, Marci T. House, Alessandro Juliani, Tiffany Lyndall-Knight, Laura Mennell, Andre Lamal, Shaker Paleja, Kris Pope, Julian Richings
Studio Samuel Goldwyn
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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A thoughtful and mature film that will invite us to think and besides to understand the real sense of the human condition.
Hiram Gomez Pardo
(If you have already seen the film, recall the question she asks: whether he would still want something if a certain thing happened.
A great movie that is very suttle, but realistic from beginning to end with an excellent cast that plays their part to an art form.
richard j fowler

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Michael on September 10, 2009
Format: DVD
Elegy with Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz in leading roles - fine performances by Dennis Hopper and Patrica Clarkson as well.

Some reviewers disliked the film calling it trite, as the erudite but emotionally impotent David Kepesh (Kingsley) with his life long committment to hedonism (particularly womanizing) leaves some unsympathic to his plight and the movie in general.
Masterfully portraying the cold hearted and ultimately frightened Kepesh (wanting to end the best relationship of his life before his girlfriend ends it first, or so he tells himself) the film shows a man of culture, wit and fine intellectual prowess lay bare his world as friends die and the shallow nest of his life is flayed open.

Not a happy feel good movie, and certainly not a movie for folks who like formula characters who are politically correct at every turn, but this poignant, poetic film with hauntingly beautiful music has much to offer discerning tastes.

Unflinchingly it reminds us of the relentless movement of time, of life's unpredictable geography, of choices made, and of those simple moments of redemption.
I hope we'll see more work by this director.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ian S. Greenleigh on May 25, 2009
Format: DVD
Character-fueled without skimping on story, Coixet and Meyer make it easy for us to understand the perspectives and motives of each lead without asking the viewer to like or sympathize with them. Interactions are believable within context, and dialogue is natural and interesting. Although the film is about a refined cultural critic, it never itself feels pretentious (Ben Kingsley's appropriately upturned nose notwithstanding).

Nor is the film judgmental. Once gravity is lent to what might seem a minor life crisis, the masterful pacing leaves little room to consider the defensibility of the choices made before us. Short scenes are interspersed with longer bits of dialogue, the end result being a well-proportioned mix that is constantly fluid. The shot selection keeps the film visually interesting, even in the more cerebral scenes of extended dialogue. Every once in a while, a visual metaphor seems unnecessary and contrived--as in when wilted leaves fall from a potted plant--but such annoyances are few and far between.

Kingsley is certainly in his element here, and his classical training enables him to indulge his inner British snob without guilt. His transformation from accomplished, confident sophisticate to love-struck, helpless old man is nuanced and captivating.

Not just anyone can reduce a man like that to helplessness; this feat is performed by Penelope Cruz (who else?). It's fair to say that Cruz is often typecast as the Latin seductress, but it is a role she has perfected--even elevated--in films like Todo Sobre Mi Madre. This is her at her most sympathetic, and she manages to bring something new to a role that could have easily been phoned in.
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Format: DVD
The first 30 minutes or so of Elegy were a bit uncomfortable...the idea and sight of Ben Kingsley's 60-ish character trying to seduce (well, "woo" as he jokingly tells his professor pal played by Dennis Hopper) a playing-24-year-old Penelope Cruz will do that. But that uncomfortableness slowly lessens as you see the maturity that Cruz's character possesses...and the immaturity displayed by Kingsley's David Kepesh. As Hopper's character pointedly tells Kepesh, "You need to grow old...and grow up." It's a spot-on piece of advice.

This serious, small movie ends up being a real pleasure for fans of intelligent movie-making. This one has it all: the pedigree of a Philip Roth novel; adapted for the screen by Nicholas Meyer; superbly directed by Isabel Coixet; and a first-rate cast of Kingsley, Cruz, Hopper, Patricia Clarkson, and Peter Sarsgaard. Moreover, there's the Easter Egg-like treat of a performance by Deborah Harry, almost unrecognizable out of her erstwhile Blondie persona.

Of special note are the one-on-one scenes between Kingsley and Hopper. You can tell they had a lot of fun together. There's a deep respect for each others' talents that plays out on the screen. The DVD's featurette confirms this: Kingsley speaks of "Dennis' rhythm as an actor" (that's a great observation), while Hopper speaks glowingly of "working with Sir Ben."

Cruz continues to be a revelation. When trying to break into English-speaking roles, she made a string of stinkers. Now, with Volver,
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Shiloh True TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 31, 2009
Format: DVD
A half hour into this film, I wasn't that impressed. I thought it was a little slow. Then suddenly, it captured me, and I was entranced. I realized that this film was a cerebral gift---one that would take me on a journey, opening doors, that many of us may face one day, during our own life reviews, particularly as WE become 'seniors.' The issues may be different, but we all share imprefections. No, this was not a shoot-'em-up, car chasing, violent film. It was a thoughtful, insightful and poignant one.

ELEGY left me with many thoughts to ponder, regarding the human psyche: Our often poor choices; how many times we sabotage our happiness; the extensive boundaries we often draw around ourselves; our frequent inability to really see others beyond the surface, and perhaps, even ourselves. How we may snap one day and realize we've lived a life of self-fulfilling, superficiality, while never fully engaging, and that it is suddenly time to pay the consequences. Yes, ELEGY stares these emotions and conflicts (and many more), straight in the eye. And if you don't have tears coming out of yours by the last scenes, as our characters face these demons, you're stronger than I.

ELEGY does justice to Philip Roth's erotic novel, THE DYING ANIMAL, which explores sexual indulgence, challenged by aging, and facing the grim-reaper. David Kepsch (Ben Kingsley) is an aging, college professor, and somewhat of a celebrity, who left his wife and son during the 'free sex' era to indulge in serial womanizing and self-absorption. Sadly, it is an era that he never wanted to give up and he begrudges growing old, or becoming that, 'Dying Animal.
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