Elegy

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Released 2007

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Director:
Isabel Coixet
Released:
2007
Rating:
R
Elegy is a drama about a cultural critic whose mundane life is thrown into chaos by one of his students. David Kepsesh (Ben Kingsley) is a professor and a cultural critic whose life is in "emancipated manhood." All of his relationships with women are merely sexual in nature, and he can never maintain anything meaningful. Consuela Castillo (Pen''lope Cruz) is a student who attends one of David's lectures. She immediately captures his attention, and they begin a serious relationship. Consuela invites David to her graduation party, but he is hasty to promise that he'll come. Instead, Daved tells her that he has to check his schedule, which angers her. On the day of the party, David calls her to let her know that his car broke down and he will not be able to attend. In reality, he is just sitting in his car, too nervous to attend. In order to be with Consuela, David must first overcome his fear of committed relationships, which means changing everything he has thought about women for his entire life.moreless

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  • 70

    Variety

    Sparse, low-budget drama, helmed by Spaniard Isabel Coixet, intelligently translates Roth's meditation on lust and mortality without soft-pedaling its narrator's brutally honest, u...

  • 50

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    The problem with Elegy has nothing to do with faithfulness and everything to do with interpretation. The film is an overly polite take on a spiky, claustrophobic, insistently impol...

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times

    Elegy seems determined to make real every ageist dig that could be thrown its way -- out of touch, balefully slow and, for a film at least partly about the zesty enterprise of sex,...

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