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An Isabel Coixet Film.
|Driven byisabel coixets visually assured and deeply observant direction, elegy charts the passionate relationship between a celebrated college professor and a young woman whose beauty both ravishes and destabilizes him.|
"Oscar-worthy performances from Penelope Cruz and Sir Ben Kingsley. Jeffrey Lyons, NBC/Reel Talk
"The film is exquisite on every level, full of sadness and emotional surprise. M.E. Russell, Portland Oregonian
"Grade: A! Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"A richly textured and compelling film. Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
Editor's NoteLike director Isabel Coixet's previous film MY LIFE WITHOUT ME, ELEGY is consumed by the ideas of love and mortality. But while that film focused on a young protagonist, the hero of this drama is an aging writer and professor played by Ben Kingsley. David Kepesh (Kingsley) is a minor literary celebrity in New York City who shies away from commitment, happy with his casual relationship with a businesswoman (Patricia Clarkson) who is rarely in town. But a date with a stunning grad student named Consuela (Penelope Cruz) surprisingly turns into a long-term romance, changing David from a confident Lothario into a jealous boyfriend. His age and her beauty haunt their romance until David begins to push her away.As its title suggests, ELEGY achieves a perfectly somber tone. Adapted from the Philip Roth novel THE DYING ANIMAL, the script from Nicholas Meyer (THE HUMAN STAIN) doesn't try too hard for the audience's tears. But much of the credit goes to the cast: Kingsley and Cruz make for a sexy, affectionate couple with their layered performances, and Clarkson (THE STATION AGENT) is wonderful as always. Dennis Hopper is nicely cast as David's philandering friend George, and Blondie frontwoman Deborah Harry is very non-rock-and-roll (but incredibly genuine) in a small appearance as George's longsuffering wife. The largely classical soundtrack further adds to the film's contemplative mood.
Elegy - DVD Review
By: Pete Croatto filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 3/6/2009 6:39 PM
|Not every book is meant to be adapted into a movie. Come to think of it, not every author is meant for celluloid success. Philip Roth has won pretty much every major book prize, save for the Nobel, and he's overdue for that. His books masterfully examine the fragile side of the middle-aged male ego, and how sex and family and desire eat away at men's souls. With Updike, Mailer, and Bellow gone, Roth is the messiah of American literature. There's just one problem: Books like his make crappy movies. ...read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Jean-Claude Larrieu - Director of Photography|
|Eric Reid - Executive Producer|
|Tom Rosenberg - Producer|
|Phillip Roth - Source Writer|
|Terry A. McKay - Executive Producer|
|Nicholas Meyer - Screenwriter|
|Andre Lamal - Producer|
|Judd Malkin - Executive Producer|
|Gary Lucchesi - Producer|
|Richard S. Wright - Executive Producer|
|Isabel Coixet - Director|