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Elegy (2008)

Drama | 108 minutes
3,24 429 votes

Genre: Drama / Romance

Duration: 108 minuten

Country: United States

Directed by: Isabel Coixet

Stars: Penélope Cruz, Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson

IMDb score: 6,7 (23.235)

Releasedate: 8 August 2008

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Elegy plot

David Kepesh (Ben Kingsley), television culture critic and popular teacher at a New York university, meets Consuela Castillo (Penélope Cruz), a cultured twenty-four-year-old student, daughter of wealthy Cuban exiles. The encounter results in complete chaos in Kepesh's life.

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blurp194

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A beautiful drama. But very slow, very subdued, and therefore on the verge of being long-winded. That is somewhat compensated by the beautiful game, but not completely, so the film still feels slow and static. The characters of Cruz and Kingsley remain a bit flat and abstract despite everything. Kingsley is somewhat trumped by Patricia Clarkson, who is allowed to play the most fully-fledged person - and that is a minor part. The almost unrecognizable Dennis Hopper deserves a lot more credits - just like Deborah Harry. Kudos to whoever recognized her.

And then afterwards I start to wonder why I actually used the first words - what makes this drama beautiful. Especially the pictures of Cruz and Clarkson, I think is the honest answer. Kingsley's worries remain too flat, touch too little. A visually beautiful drama is perhaps the better opening.

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Mr_Mephisto

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Subdued romantic drama in which Cruz and Kingsley in' each other hard. The tone is light-hearted and the setting even a tad elitist, which makes it an easily digestible middle-class film. So good for in between.

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JJ_D

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Mind you, we live our lives by the stories we tell ourselves. However, we cannot be reduced to what we pretend to be – luckily.

In this case: a man thinks that he should hold on to freedom as a matter of principle. Why? Because he got stuck in a marriage a long time ago, and managed to escape with the principle of liberty as an excuse. So he makes up stories to preserve that freedom, constructed around himself, albeit with externalized responsibility. In concrete terms: “the relationship could never have lasted”. Fear of commitment as a surrogate for acute separation anxiety? He who claims to be free, especially does not want to be hurt by a party that can leave him?

However, that's not how love works. However, due to a twist of fate , he gets a second chance. And then they come, finally, the words. Always time, always proximity – regardless of the state of the body. Well, now that's romance. After an hour and a half of vicarious anger and frustration, tears in the corners of my eyes. Love makes a continuously deteriorating present bearable, thanks to the prospect of a waxing, harmonious future? So romance, neatly dosed, not mature. Thanks to Satie, Bach, and well: Pärt too. With the big P, which from now on will always remind you of Penélope?

3.25*

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