Released 2007


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Isabel Coixet
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

Metacritic Score

  • 70


    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,...

  • Aspires to greatness.

    I didn't think it was a particularly great film however. Ben Kingsley makes me think of Merlin the Magician somehow so I found it hard to take him seriously as a real person which is what he plays in this film. Penelope Cruz was Penelope Cruz. Meaning she was neither good nor bad-something she does very well in countless films and has become famous for. I find her a boring if not good looking actress. This film is witty in parts and dramatic in others but despite its makers probably thinking they had an automatic ace in the hole with BK in it-it has a sloppiness to it somehow that pushes you away rather than it engaging your interest. I found it a disappointing film. Dennis Hopper was notable in it.moreless

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