Elena and Vladimir are an older couple, they come from different backgrounds. Vladimir is a wealthy and cold man, Elena comes from a modest milieu and is a docile wife. They have met late in life and each one has children from previous marriages. Elena's son is unemployed, unable to support his own family and he is constantly asking Elena for money. Vladimir's daughter is a careless young woman who has a distant relationship with her father. A heart attack puts Vladimir in hospital, where he realizes that his remaining time is limited. A brief but somehow tender reunion with his daughter leads him to make an important decision: she will be the only heiress of his wealth. Back home he announces it to Elena. Her hopes to financially help her son suddenly vanish. The shy and submissive housewife then comes up with a plan to give her son and grandchildren a real chance in life.
- Director: Andrei Zvyagintsev
- Country: Russia
- Genre: Drama
- Year: 2012
- Run Time: 01:49:18
- imdb Score: 7.4/10 (1,845 votes)
- Language: Russian
- Cast: Yelena Lyadova, Nadezhda Markina, Aleksey Rozin, Andrey Smirnov
Stephen Holden - THE NEW YORK TIMES
"The cautious, controlling, abstemious bourgeoisie are overtaken by the heedlessly fertile lower orders, the temporary inheritors of a terribly weary earth."
Nick Pinkerton - VILLAGE VOICE
"Performances are superb across the board, framed in elegant widescreen compositions that simmer with violence."
Sheri Linden - LOS ANGELES TIMES
""Elena" reveals a filmmaker in full command of his art and not much interested in catering to an audience. If you want this film, you have to meet it more than halfway."
Ty Burr - BOSTON GLOBE
Cannes Film Festival 2011
Un Certain Regard Jury Prize
Ghent Int'l Film Festival 2011
Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2011
Best Performance by an Actress, Achievement in Directing
Toronto Int'l Film Festival 2011
Moscow Film Festival 2011
Gindou Film Festival 2011
Helsinki Int'l Film Festival 2011
São Paulo Int'l Film Festival 2011
Thessaloniki Int'l Film Festival 2011
and many more...