Director: Andrei Zvyagintsev Cast: Nadezhda Markina, Andrei Smirnov, Yelena Lyadova


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A woman turns to devious means to support her family in this drama from Russian filmmaker Andrei Zvyagintsev. Middle-aged Elena (Nadezhda Markina) first met her husband Vladimir (Andrey Smirnov) when she took a job looking after him following a serious illness. The two bonded and fell in love, but wealthy Vladimir is significantly older than working-class Elena, and their relationship is still centered upon her caring for his needs. Elena has an adult son from a previous marriage, Sergei (Alexey Rozin); he's a hard-drinking slacker who can't hold a job, and Vladimir doesn't care for him, but even though Elena doesn't approve of his lifestyle she feels obligated to help support him and his young son. Vladimir has a daughter, Katerina (Elena Lyadova), who hasn't spoken with him in years, and when he has a heart attack, Elena reaches out to her in hopes they can reconcile before his health fails him. Vladimir and Katerina resolve their differences, but there's an unexpected consequence -- Vladimir announces that he's going to leave his fortune to his prodigal daughter, and Elena must find a way to set aside some of the money to support Sergei and his family without Vladimir knowing about it. Elena received a special jury award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where it was screened as part of the Un Certain Regard program.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/30/2012
UPC: 0795975114639
Original Release: 2011
Rating: NR
Source: Zeitgeist Films
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:49:00
Sales rank: 83,854

Special Features

30-Minute Interview with Director Andrey Zvyagintsev; Poster Screenprinting Video; U.S. Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nadezhda Markina Elena
Andrei Smirnov Vladimir
Yelena Lyadova Katerina
Alexey Rozin Sergey
Evgenia Konushkina Tatyana
Igor Ogurtsov Sasha
Vasiliy Michkiv Lawyer
Alexey Maslodudov Vitek

Technical Credits
Andrei Zvyagintsev Director,Screenwriter
Anna Bartuli Costumes/Costume Designer
Nastia Vishnevskayatatyana Chernyakova Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrey Dergachev Sound/Sound Designer
Elena Dmitrienko Makeup
Philip Glass Score Composer
Vasily Gritskov Production Designer
Maxim Korsakov Art Director
Stas Krechkov Sound/Sound Designer
Mikhail Krichman Cinematographer
Katya Marakulina Producer
Anna Mass Editor
Sergey Melkumov Executive Producer
Oleg Negin Screenwriter
Andrey Ponckratov Art Director
Galina Ponomareva Makeup
Alexander Rodnyansky Executive Producer
Elina Ternyeva Casting
Valeriy Zhukov Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Elena
1. Two Crows [10:50]
2. Sergey [10:37]
3. The Money [10:02]
4. Attack [7:37]
5. Katya [12:53]
6. Last Will [12:17]
7. Decisions [5:47]
8. Aftermath [5:47]
9. Inheritance [9:00]
10. Blackout [5:24]
11. Starting Over [8:24]
12. End Credits [4:37]

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