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3 - 6 April 2018: Elena


Andrey Zvyagintsev
2011 | 109 min | Colour | Digital
Russian with English subtitles

There’s a huge gulf between the haves and the have-nots. No one knows this better than Elena, a woman of working-class origins who is married to a wealthy, older man – a former patient from her days as a nurse. There is something cold and unsettling about the beautiful home they share, and the menacing cries of crows and a pulsating Philip Glass score seem to portend trouble on the horizon. What initially appears to be a minimalist family drama takes a noir-ish turn in this deliberate, precise drama – at once a morality tale and a commentary on class disparity.

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