ELENA
2011, Russia, 109 min.
about the film
  • Director
    Andrei Zviagintsev
  • Production
    Non-Stop Production
  • Producers
    Alexander Rodniansky
    Sergei Melkumov
  • Cast
    Andrei Smirnov
    Nadezhda Markina
    Elena Liadova
    Alexei Rozin
“Elena” tells the story of an older couple, Elena and Vladimir. He is rich but stingy, and treats Elena more like a servant than a wife. Elena has a son from a previous marriage who desperately needs money; however, Vladimir is in no rush to help his wife’s family. After he has a heart attack, Vladimir changes his will, bequeathing all his money to his daughter from an earlier marriage, while Elena is to receive nothing but a small alimony. The film examines Elena’s ingenious plan to deal with her situation and help her family