|Mon 7th January||7.45pm|
Dir. Andrei Zvyagintsev, Russia, 2012, 109 mins, subtitles
Nadezhda Markina, Andrey Smirnov, Aleksey Rozin
Elena and Vladimir have met late in life, each with a child from a previous marriage. Vladimir has a distant relationship with his daughter. In contrast, Elena desperately tries to save her alcoholic son and his family from poverty. When her husband has a heart attack, he suddenly realises his time on earth is limited. A tender but brief reunion with his daughter leads him to name her as the sole heir to his fortune. Elena’s hope to help her son quickly vanishes, and so she comes up with a plan to provide her son and his family with a real change in life…
“Elena is sensational…has the taut structure of a Dostoevsky parable” – Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph *****
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