Vadim Rizov Reviews Elena

Elena is didactic filmmaking and in interviews, director Andrei Zvyagintsev hasn’t been shy in explicitly stating his fundamental criticism of the contemporary Russian underclass. “This is how they will behave,” he noted in an interview conducted at the film’s Cannes premiere. “At one point we considered calling the film The Invasion of the Barbarians.” “They” are the title character’s (Nadezhda Markina) son Sergei (Aleksey Rozin) and his family, notably grandson Sasha (Igor Orgutsov), whose grades are so bad he’ll end up serving mandatory army time unless the right college officials are bribed.

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