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Elegy (2008) Movie Information

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Isabel Coixet


Patricia Clarkson
Penélope Cruz
Sonja Bennett
Ben Kingsley
Deborah Harry
Dennis Hopper





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An older man struggles with insecurity and the pre-defined rules of dating younger women. When he becomes involved with a beautiful woman half his age, he is hesitant to believe it might last and preemptively sabotages the relationship.

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filmbuff30 07/29/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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What a mature exploration of love in the later years... Ben Kingsgley made me cry. Penelope Cruz earned my respect! A++

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FZero 08/31/2008 (1 of 2 found this helpful)

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This felt like a three hour movie, party to the glacial pace of the plot and partly because of the boring characters. It also has about ten endings all of which are worse than the previous one. Everyone did a fine job acting but I just never gave a damn.

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Allison 08/10/2008 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

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If you were moved by My Life Without Me, you might appreciate Elegy. Since My Life Without Me, I have been a follower of Isabel Coixet's movies. Although I wanted to like Secret Life of Words, I wasn't especially moved by it. Elegy is a return. The beginning is slow then it moves swiftly. Elegy is a tear jerker and is made up of beautiful performances by each actor.

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05/17/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This picture started out beautifully but as it went on, it got too wrapped up in its own soap opera. I’m not sure whether the original material was the problem (it was based on “The Dying Animal” by Philip Roth) or if it was Isabel Coixet’s style of direction, but what I do know is that it should have been a more effective character study. Ben Kingsley, a cultural critic, falls for Penélope Cruz, one of his students. Kingsley’s character is very obsessive, insecure about his aging body and has a lot of fears about not being accepted by certain people. Cruz’ character is beautiful but she’s also very smart and she sees something in Kingsley’s character that not a lot people do. So, in a way, they’re a fit for each other despite the thirty-year age difference. I also liked Patricia Clarkson...

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