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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
TBC
Cast
Sonja Bennett
Patricia Clarkson
Penelope Cruz
Deborah Harry
Dennis Hopper
Ben Kingsley
Peter Sarsgaard.
Directors
Isabel Coixet.
Screenwriters
Running Time
108 minutes

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Elegy
Cruz gets one over on Sir Ben...


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Plot
Cultural critic David Kepesh (Ben Kingsley) finds his life thrown into tragic disarray by Consuela Castillo (Penélope Cruz), a well-mannered student who awakens a sense of sexual possessiveness in her teacher.


Review
Elegy
Odd that Cruz gets top billing in this adaptation of Philip Roth’s The Dying Animal when it’s so entirely about Sir Ben’s celebrated academic, his obsession with a student and his gnawing belief that his overwhelming desire will drive her away. Cruz’s character is a blank in whose limpid eyes the camera searches in vain for what she thinks and feels. A lot more engaging are the sophisticated intimates: Patricia Clarkson, as the prof’s long-standing fuck-buddy, and Dennis Hopper as his sarcastic drinking partner. Director Coixet strives to make it affecting, but it’s even more turgid than screenwriter Nicholas Meyer’s previous Roth adaptation, The Human Stain.


Verdict
While the supporting actors are engaging, the turgid screenplay lets the whole thing down.


Reviewed by Angie Errigo

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I agree with Andy399.  I liked the multilayered story, particularly that of his relationshipwith his son. As someone who has lost someone they loved to cancer in almost exactly the same way, I found the characters reaction to it realistic and very moving. ... More

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Posted by Speedwagon Roll! at 17:58, 14 August 2008 | Report This Post


Elegy

Underrated by Angie Errigo, this is a film that will prove worth your fiver. Although there is some poor screenplay, Cruz and other cast play such a good part that this is easily enjoyed. Although it is nothing classic, it has some great scenes, (yes, the sex scenes are good, but there are others). As for DVD or Blu ray buyers, it is onl;y worth a rent ... More

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