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Well, maybe Lenin wouldn't have loved the film after all.
The suspense in this film is built on what is not said rather than dialogues and it is filled with slow-paced scenes that depict an atmosphere of bleakness.
This film, set in Russia, is about a middle-aged woman, a former nurse, who married a businessman who made money and then retired.
A Good Look at Contemporary `mother'-Russia...
¡ SPOILER ALERT !
Un Certain Regard winner at Cannes (2011), Elena--(directed by one of... Read more
Elena, besides being a low-burn thriller, is an indictment of contemporary Russia where money is the only thing one can count on, and which corrupts/effects the value system... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Eric M. Eiserloh
Vladimir Lenin would have loved it. Score one for the revolutionaries, redistribute the wealth, and let the poor folk have a turn at being fat capitalist slobs with flatscreen TVs... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Richard C. Donovan
Call me a barbarian if you must but when a director holds the camera for too long I think it is an indulgence. The first shot of the house from the garden went on forever. Read morePublished 23 months ago by .fgd
Interesting story slow paced a realistic portrait of a family and their interactions.and an understanding end of the story although disappointingPublished on February 4, 2013 by Grace N, Aikawa
Have you ever heard of a passive thriller? Me neither. Billed as a classic noir thriller, Elena has been called a "masterfully crafted, subtle, stylish ... Read morePublished on October 27, 2012 by Kati.Pea