A LAKESHORE ENTERTAINMENT Production
PENÉLOPE CRUZ BEN KINGSLEY
PETER SARSGAARD PATRICIA CLARKSON And DENNIS HOPPER
Directed By ISABEL COIXET
Charismatic professor DAVID KEPESH (Ben Kingsley) glories in the pursuit of adventurous female students but never lets any woman get too close. When gorgeous CONSUELA CASTILLO (Pénelope Cruz) enters his classroom, however, his protective veneer dissolves. Her raven-haired beauty both captivates and unsettles him.
Even if Kepesh declares her body a perfect work of art, Consuela is more than an object of desire. She has a strong sense of herself and an emotional intensity that challenges his preconceptions. Kepesh’s need for Consuela becomes an obsession, but ultimately his jealous fantasies of betrayal drive her away.
Shattered, Kepesh faces up to the ravages of time, immersing himself in work and confronting the loss of old friends. Then, two years later, Consuela comes back into his life—with an urgent, desperate request that will change everything.
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ABOUT THE CAST
PÉNELOPE CRUZ (Consuela)
Academy Award® nominee Penelope Cruz has proven herself to be one of the most versatile, young actresses by playing a variety of compelling characters, and most recently becoming the first actress from Spain to be nominated for an Academy Award. First introduced to American audiences in the Spanish films Jamon, Jamon and Belle Epoque, in 1998 she starred in her first English language film, The Hi-Lo Country for director Stephen Frears opposite Woody Harrelson, Patricia Arquette and Billy Crudup. In 1999, Cruz won the Best Actress award at the 13th Annual Goya Awards given by the Spanish Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for her role in Fernando Trueba’s The Girl of Your Dreams.
Confirming her status as Spain’s hottest international actress, Cruz landed the coveted role opposite Matt Damon in the film adaptation of All the Pretty Horses, directed by Billy Bob Thornton. Next, she portrayed Isabella, in Woman on Top for Fox Searchlight. The film was a whimsical tale of a gifted gourmand who journeys across the world in search of success, but ultimately finds herself. Other featured credits include her starring role in the thriller Open Your Eyes, Twice Upon a Yesterday, and Pedro Almovodar’s Live Flesh and Talk of Angels.
Additionally, Cruz co-starred in Pedro Almovodar’s critically acclaimed All About My Mother which was awarded the Golden Globe and Oscar® for Best Foreign Film. Up next for Pénelope was New Line’s Blow for director Ted Demme. The film portrayed the true story of how cocaine became the designer drug in the U.S. in the early 70’s seen through the eyes of an American, played by Johnny Depp, who became one of the biggest traffickers for reputed drug kingpin Carlos Escobar. Cruz portrayed Depp’s wife. She next starred opposite Nicolas Cage and Christian Bale in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. The film, directed by John Madden was shot in Greece and is based on Louis de Bernieres’ bestselling novel set during WWII.
Pénelope starred opposite Tom Cruise in the erotic thriller Vanilla Sky. The film also starred Cameron Diaz and Jason Lee and was directed by Cameron Crowe. She then tackled Masked & Anonymous, Fan Fan la Tulipe, which opened the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, and Don’t Tempt Me. She received rave reviews for her eagerly awaited performance in Don’t Move (Non ti Muovere) in which she was honored with a David Di Donatello Award (Italian Oscar) and European Film Award for Best Actress.
Pénelope’s next films only added to her already brilliant and diverse choice of film credits. Recent films include Gothika, in which she co-stared with Halle Berry and Robert Downy Jr.; director John Duigan’s romantic drama Head in the Clouds opposite Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend; Noel opposite Susan Sarandon; and Chromophobia with Ralph Fiennes. Penelope also co-stared with Matthew McConaughey and William H. Macy as Dr. Eva Rojas in the action packed film Sahara.
Most recently, Pénelope starred in Volver, which again teamed her with director and friend Pedro Almodovar. Critically acclaimed for her role as Raimunda, she won the “Best Actress” awards at the European Film Awards, the Spanish Goya Awards, the Cannes Film Festival, and received both Golden Globe and Oscar® nominations. Penelope’s next film, The Good Night, written and directed by Jake Paltrow, opened in select theaters this past fall. This past summer, she completed filming on Woody Allen’s Untitled Spanish Project opposite Javier Bardem and Scarlett Johansson.
BEN KINGSLEY (David Kepesh)
After earning an Academy Award®, two Golden Globes and two BAFTA Awards for his riveting portrayal of Indian social leader Mahatma Gandhi, Ben Kingsley continues to bring unequaled detail and nuance to each role. Garnering three additional Oscar nominations for Bugsy (1991), Sexy Beast (2000) and House of Sand and Fog (2003), his roles have been as diverse as his talents, from a sturdy vice president in Dave to the scheming Fagin in Oliver Twist. Since being knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in the New Year’s Eve Honors List 2001, Kingsley has continued to earn honors as a truly international star.
Two films recently screened at the Sundance Film Festival give further perspective to his work: The Wackness, in which he plays a drug-addled psychiatrist opposite Josh Peck, Famke Janssen, Olivia Thirlby and Mary-Kate Olsen; and the crime thriller Transsiberian, as a mysterious traveler opposite Woody Harrelson, Eduardo Noriega and Thomas Kretschmann. Kingsley verifies his comedic chops opposite Mike Meyers, Jessica Alba and Justin Timberlake in Paramount’s The Love Guru, slated for Summer 2008. Two other completed films include Man on the Run, a thriller set against the dangerous backdrop of 1980s Ireland, and the more lighthearted crime comedy War, Inc. Currently in pre-production is Martin Scorsese’s 1950s drama Shutter Island, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo and Michelle Williams.
Steeped in British theatre, Kingsley marked the beginning of his professional acting career with his acceptance by the Royal Shakespeare Company in l967. From roles in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Brutus in Julius Caesar and the title roles in Othello and Hamlet, among others, his more recent and diverse stage roles include those in The Country Wife, The Cherry Orchard, A Betrothal, The Elephant Man and Waiting for Godot.
Kingsley’s film career began in l972 with the thriller Fear Is the Key, but his first major role came a decade later in the epic Gandhi, directed by Richard Attenborough. He followed this Oscar-winning performance with such early films as Betrayal, Turtle Diary, Harem, Pascali’s Island, Without A Clue (as Dr. Watson to Michael Caine’s Sherlock Holmes) and The Children opposite Kim Novak. During the ‘90s Kingsley distinguished himself through such roles as Mayer Lansky in Bugsy, Sneakers, Searching For Bobby Fischer and Dave. In 1994 he was nominated for a BAFTA Award for his memorable supporting role as Itzhak Stern in Steven Spielberg’s seven-time Oscar® winner Schindler’s List.
During the past decade, Ben Kingsley has remained a coveted and ubiquitous talent. Beginning with such films as Rules of Engagement, What Planet Are You From? and an Oscar®-nominated role as a brutal gangster in Sexy Beast, he received his most recent Oscar® nomination in 2004 for his performance as a proud Iranian emigrant in the highly acclaimed House of Sand and Fog. Among his films in the last several years are Roman Polanski’s Oliver Twist, the crime drama Lucky Number Slevin, John Dahl’s You Kill Me and the Roman empire saga The Last Legion.
DENNIS HOPPER (George O’Hearn)An acclaimed actor and filmmaker with an iconic and distinctly American voice, Dennis Hopper was born in Dodge City, Kansas and grew up in San Diego, California. Following stage performances at the Old Globe Theatre and the La Jolla Playhouse as well as early television appearances, Hopper made a lasting, national impression with his performance in Nicholas Ray's classic Rebel Without a Cause, opposite James Dean and Natalie Wood. He quickly followed this with equally revelatory performances in George Stevens' epic Giant and John Sturges' Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. He expanded his range and career after relocating to New York City where he studied with one of the giants of the craft, Lee Strasberg; while in New York, Hopper starred in a myriad of television shows, including The Rifleman, Naked City, The Defenders, The Twilight Zone andWagonTrain.
Following a return to Hollywood and continued work in cutting-edge, independent films (as both an actor and second-unit director), Hopper forever changed the face of American cinema with the 1969 film Easy Rider, which Hopper directed, co-wrote (with co-star Peter Fonda and Terry Southern) and headlined. The film received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Screenplay, as did another of its stars, Jack Nicholson (for Best Supporting Actor). The film, made for $350,000, went on to gross in excess of $50 million and garnered Hopper the Best New Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
Since Easy Rider, Hopper has been a familiar presence both in front of and behind the camera for more than three decades. He has been in over 140 television shows and has starred in more than 150 films including Apocalypse Now, River's Edge, Blue Velvet, Hoosiers, True Romance, Speed, Waterworld and EdTV. Hopper received the prestigious CIDALC award at the Venice Film Festival for The Last Movie (1971), which he directed, co-wrote and starred in. He received Golden Globe and Academy Award® nominations for his role in Hoosiers. He also received a Golden Globe nomination for his role as Frank Booth in David Lynch's now-classic Blue Velvet.
In 2007 alone, Hopper has appeared in 4 films, including Charlize Theron’s Sleepwalking; Quentin Tarantino’s Hell Ride; Kevin Costner’s Swing Vote with Kelsey Grammar and Nathan Lane; and Wim Wender’s The Palermo Shooting. Other film projects for Hopper include: a starring role in father-of-the-zombie-genre George A. Romero's Land of the Dead; he also starred as legend Frank Sinatra in the independent film The Night We Called It a Day; and the films 10th & Wolf (starring opposite James Marsden, Giovanni Ribisi and Brad Renfro); Out of Season (opposite Gina Gershon); The Keeper (with Asia Argento) and played opposite outstanding cast members Joseph Fiennes, Sam Shepherd, Elisabeth Shue and Debra Unger in the feature Leo. He became Chair of the CineVegas Film Festival in June of 2004. On television Hopper has appeared on HBO’s Emmy award-winning Entourage, as well as Las Vegas with James Caan, in the USA Networks feature The Last Ride and on the acclaimed series 24, and co-starred opposite Benjamin Bratt in the Jerry Bruckheimer/Warner TV produced NBC series E-RING, which started fall 2005 (pilot directed by Taylor Hackford).
In addition to acting and directing, Hopper is an internationally known photographer and painter, with retrospective exhibitions in 2001 at the Stedlejik Museum in Amsterdam, and The MAK in Vienna. 2007 brought his most important exhibition of his artistic career at the State Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia with a photographic exhibition to follow at The Manege in Moscow, Russia. He is currently working on an extensive film and art retrospective with the Cinematheque Francais in Paris set to open October 13th, 2008. Dennis Hopper is married to Victoria Duffy, who gave birth to their first child, daughter Galen, in March 2003. Hopper remains close to his three other children from previous marriages: Marin, Ruthanna and Henry.
PATRICIA CLARKSON (Carolyn)
The roles that Academy Award® nominated actress Patricia Clarkson plays are as varied as the platform on which she plays them. Her comfort in taking on roles from motion pictures, television and the theatre has earned her great accolades and success, and has become one of today's most respected actresses in the entertainment industry. Clarkson recently wrapped production on several films including Stanley Tucci's Blind Date in Belgium, and Daniel Barnz's directorial debut Phoebe in Wonderland, both of which are premiering at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. She has also completed filming Woody Allen's Untitled Spanish Project in Barcelona opposite Scarlett Johanson and Javier Bardem.
Currently, Clarkson can be seen in Lars And The Real Girl opposite Ryan Gosling and Emily Mortimer." Next, Clarkson will be seen in Elegy and in Married Life, with Chris Cooper, Pierce Brosnan and Rachel McAdams, directed by Ira Sachs.
Additional credits include: All The King's Men, Goodnight, and Good Luck, They Dying Gaul and The Woods, Far from Heaven, Pieces of April, The Station Agent, Miracle, High Art, Dogville, Welcome to Collinwood, The Pledge, The Green Mile, Everybody's All-American, The Dead Pool, Rocket Gibraltar, Tune in Tomorrow, Joe Gould's Secret, Wendigo and Brian De Palma's The Untouchables, her film debut.
In 2003, Clarkson's work in two independent films earned her unparalleled recognition. She was nominated for an Academy Award® Golden Globe, SAG Award, Broadcast Film Critics Award and an independent Spirit Award for her role in Pieces of April. In addition, the Sundance Film Festival awarded her the Jury Prize for Outstanding Performance in Pieces of April, The Station Agent and All the Real Girls. Her performance in The Station Agent earned her a SAG Award nomination for Best Actress and Best Ensemble Cast. The National Board of Review and the National Society of Film Critics named her Best Supporting Actress of the Year for her work in Pieces of April and The Station Agent.
She also won best-supporting-actress awards from the New York Film Critics Circle and National Society of Film Critics for her performance in Todd Haynes' Far From Heaven. That role also earned her a nomination from the Chicago Film Critics. Her performance as Greta in Lisa Cholodenko's High Art earned her a nomination for an IFP Independent Spirit Award. On television, Clarkson won an Emmy in 2002 and 2006 for her guest-starring role on HBO's acclaimed drama Six Feet Under.
Clarkson made her professional acting debut on the New York stage. Her theatre credits include Eastern Standard (on and off-Broadway), Maidens Prayer(for which she received Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Award Nominations), Raised in Captivity, Oliver Oliver, The House of Blue Leaves, and Three Days of Rain. Her regional credits include performances at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, South Coast Repertory, and Yale Repertory.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Clarkson currently lives in New York.
PETER SARSGAARD (Dr. Kenny Kepesh)
An actor noted for his range and ability to access what is behind the often complicated facades of the characters he plays, Peter Sarsgaard continues to add to his burgeoning reputation. Sarsgaard appeared in the Paramount Vantage film Year of the Dog co-starring Molly Shannon, John C. Reilly and Laura Dern and directed by Mike White. He recently completed In The Electric Mist, starring opposite Tommy Lee Jones and John Goodman, directed by Bertrand Tavernier and based on the James Lee Burke novel. Sarsgaard previously finished shooting the New Line film Rendition, directed by Gavin Hood, the film stars Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal and completed production on The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. Sienna Miller, Nick Nolte and Jon Foster also star.
In fall 2005, Sarsgaard was seen in Universal Pictures' Jarhead, directed by Sam Mendes and also starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jamie Foxx, the film is an adaptation of Anthony Swofford's best-selling Gulf War memoir. He also starred opposite Patricia Clarkson and Campbell Scott in the psychological thriller The Dying Gaul for writer/director Craig Lucas.
During summer 2005, Sarsgaard starred in the thriller Flightplan, co-starring Jodie Foster. In 2004, Sarsgaard co-starred to much critical acclaim in the biopic Kinsey, written and directed by Bill Condon, and starring Liam Neeson and Laura Linney. Sarsgaard earned both a Critics' Choice Award nomination and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his supporting role. Sarsgaard also co-starred in Zach Braff's independent hit Garden State for Fox Searchlight.
Peter received an official stamp of critical approval for his portrayal of New Republic editor Charles Lane in Billy Ray's Shattered Glass. For his performance, Sarsgaard garnered awards from the Boston, San Francisco, St Louis, Toronto and National Society of Film Critics, as well as Golden Globe and Spirit Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor.
He first received wide acclaim for his role as Teena Brandon's friend, then tormenter and rapist in Kimberly Pierce’s Boys Don't Cry. Starring opposite Hilary Swank and Chloe Sevigny. Other roles include Kathryn Bigelow's submarine thriller K-19: The Widowmaker opposite Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson, and Iain Softley's Skeleton Key with Kate Hudson and Gena Rowlands. Sarsgaard attended the Actors' Studio Program at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, after which he was cast in Horton Foote's Laura Dennis at the Signature Theatre Company Off-Broadway.
DEBORAH HARRY (Amy O’Hearn)
With one of the most unmistakable voices in music, the lead singer for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Blondie, set the mold, incorporating everything she learned from culture pioneers like Andy Warhol, Giorgio Moroder and Fab Five Freddy into her fashion, look and, particularly, sound. With Blondie, she and Chris Stein brought the worlds of disco and rock together with “Heart of Glass” and “Call Me” and broke ground by combining hip-hop and pop on “Rapture.” As a solo artist, Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards co-produced her first release Koo Koo in 1981. She continues to defy expectations with such genre-busting efforts as “French Kissing in the U.S.A.,” “Rush Rush,” “Rain” and “The Jam Was Moving.”
In 1983 Harry appeared on Broadway with Andy Kaufman in the wrestling play Teaneck Tanzi. Later that year Harry, who had already appeared in a number of independent and underground films, made her major motion picture debut in the David Cronenberg film Videodrome (1983). Harry continued to take on a number of acting roles including the villainous Velma Von Tussle in John Waters' Hairspray (1988). She also starred in the film Intimate Stranger (1992) in which she played a telephone sex worker pursued by a serial killer. Some of Harry's other notable film roles are in Union City (1980); New York Beat (Downtown '81), Rock & Rule (1983), an animated movie where she did vocals opposite Robin Zander of Cheap Trick; and Tales From The Darkside: The Movie (1990).
Harry also had notable roles in such films as Spun, Copland, and Heavy. In 2003 she had her first collaboration with director Isabel Coixet on the feature My Life Without Me co-starring Sarah Polley and Scott Speedman. She most recently completed David Munro's independent feature film Full Grown Men (2007). Her next feature will be House Of Boys with Stephen Fry and Marianne Faithfull.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
ISABEL COIXET (Director)
Spain's Isabel Coixet started making films when she received an 8mm camera for her first communion. After studying 18th- and 19th-century history at the University of Barcelona, she made a living in advertising and copywriting. This led to making award-winning commercials and eventually to founding her own production company, Miss Wasabi Films. In 1988, Coixet made her debut as a writer/director with Demasiado Viejo Para Morir Joven (Too Old To Die Young), earning her a Goya nomination for Best New Director.
Her first English-language film came in 1996, with Cosas Que Nunca Te Dije (Things I Never Told You). Starring an American cast led by Lili Taylor and Andrew McCarthy, the emotional drama earned Coixet her second Goya nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Joining up with a French production company, she returned to a Spanish-language script for her 1998 historical adventure, A Los Que Aman (Those Who Love).
Coixet's international breakthrough came in 2003 with the intimate drama My Life Without Me, based on a short story by Nanci Kincaid. Sarah Polley stars in the film as Ann, a young mother who chooses not to tell her family she has terminal cancer. A Spanish/Canadian co-production with help from Pedro Almodóvar's El Deseo production company, My Life Without Me won acclaim at the Berlin International Film Festival. Coixet continued her work with Polley on 2005's The Secret Life of Words, also starring Tim Robbins and Javier Cámara. The film won four Goya Awards, including Best Film, Best, Director, Best Production and Best Screenplay.
In 2005, Coixet joined 18 other prominent international filmmakers, including Gus Van Sant, Walter Salles and Joel and Ethan Cohen in the innovative collective work Paris Je T’aime, with each filmmaker exploring one district of the city of Paris. Coixet is also a documentary filmmaker of note on such thought-provoking works as Invisibles, a Panorama selection at the 2007 Berlin Film Festival about Doctors Without Borders and Viaje al corazón de la tortura, filmed in Sarajevo during the Balkan war and winning an award at the Human Rights Film Festival in October 2003. She was a jury member at the 62nd Venice International Film Festival.
Winner of Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award
for Best Supporting Actress - Penelope Cruz
“One of the most powerful, deeply emotional, and romantic dramas of this or any year. Oscar-worthy performances from Penelope Cruz and Ben Kingsley.
- Jeffrey Lyons, REEL TALK
“This is “This is rich, adult entertainment. Ben Kingsley is at the peak of his powers; Penelope Cruz has never been more touching. Director Isabel Coixet realizes every nuance in Nicholas Meyer's screenplay.”
- Leonard Maltin, Entertainment Tonight
“See it! Ben Kingsley is amazing! Wonderful writing and performances. Beautiful photography.
Such strong work from Patricia Clarkson.”
- Richard Roeper, EBERT & ROEPER
Penelope Cruz's performance is volatile, erotic and ultimately heartbreaking. A film Thoughtful Filmgoers Can't afford to miss
- Alonso Duralde, MSNBC
“Existentialism and carnal desire; The perfect antidotes to summer heat.
– NEW YORK MAGAZINE
"Powerfully moving!" - Karen Durbin, ELLE
FIRST DAY QUOTES
“Grade: A Ben Kingsley lights up a character from within. Director Isabel Coixet draws brilliant work out of Penelope Cruz.”
- Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
“Grade: A-! Cue the Oscar Buzz! A touching performance by Penelope Cruz! And a great one by Ben Kingsley!”
- Richard Corliss, TIME
“Of all the good actors who have adorned the middle-aged-professor films, Ben Kingsley is the most formidable and convincing. We’re in fast company here, and the experience is refreshing. The interludes with Patricia Clarkson and Dennis Hopper are written and played with real bite. As in most of these films, the proud man, getting older, moves away from isolation–a little. That’s as close to an emotional surge as these … movies can achieve, but, in the hands of a great actor, it's enough.”
- David Denby, THE NEW YORKER
* * * ½
Deeply affecting and profoundly observed. Ben Kingsley gives a stellar performance. Next to Volver, this is Penelope Cruz's best role, and certainly her best English-speaking role. Patricia Clarkson is excellent, as is Peter Sarsgaard. Superbly written and visually evocative with its haunting interplay of shadows and light. Elegy is an insightful, beautifully acted, poignant film that will elicit contemplation as well as stir emotions.
- Claudia Puig, USA TODAY
* * 1/2 ! Brilliant…
“Touching and wonderfully acted! Ben Kingsley is brilliant! Penelope Cruz gives one of her better performances.”
- John Anderson, NEWSDAY
* * * * (highest rating)
“Letting such a richly textured and compelling film slip by in the summer rush would be a loss. It's in the same league as “The Lovers” and “Last
Tango in Paris” in conveying passion. Penelope Cruz, whose Hollywood films often rein in her sensuality, is allowed to be a sexpot. To hear Ben Kingsley is a treat. Patricia Clarkson is dazzling. “Elegy” refuses to conform to expectations.”
- Ruthe Stein, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
“Sensuous! This is her year! Penelope Cruz gives a heartbreaking performance.”
- Pete Hammond, LOS ANGELES TIMES - The Envelope
“One of the most powerful, deeply emotional, and romantic dramas of this or any year. Nicholas Meyer’s screenplay is intelligent, with a superb understanding of conveying real emotions in concert with Oscar-worthy performances from Penelope Cruz and Sir Ben Kingsley. Penelope Cruz is the Audrey Hepburn of our time. Director Isabel Coixet should also be Oscar nominated at least for evoking bravura performances from the entire cast on a level rarely seen on screen.”
- Jeffrey Lyons, NBC/REEL TALK
“Powerfully moving! Isabel Coixet breathes passion into Philip Roth’s novella The Dying Animal, about an aging professor and the Cuban student he methodically seduces. Ben Kingsley’s macho smoothie is secretly afraid to live, while Penelope Cruz conjures up a woman so deserving of love that she gives their relationship a tragic edge.”
- Karen Durbin, ELLE
“This is rich, adult entertainment. Ben Kingsley is at the peak of his powers; Penelope Cruz has never been more touching. Isabel Coixet realizes every nuance in Nicholas Meyer's screenplay.”
- Leonard Maltin, Entertainment Tonight
“Among the performances and films I’ve touted as nomination-worthy.”
- Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun Times
“See it! Ben Kingsley is amazing! Wonderful writing and performances. Beautiful photography. Such strong work from Patricia Clarkson.”
– Richard Roeper, EBERT & ROEPER
“Extraordinary. Ben Kingsley gives a perfect performance. Penelope Cruz is so fetching and affecting. The film is amazing. It is painful but fabulous at the same time.”
– Jeanne Wolf, Parade
“I am over the moon about ELEGY. It is brilliantly acted (nomination for Penelope Cruz?), sensitively directed and achieves that difficult balance of being emotional but not sentimental. The performances are so genuine I almost felt like a voyeur or eavesdropper on real life. I think it’s a superb film.”
– Alan Silverman, Hollywood Bytes
“The Movie Everyone Will Be Talking About, ….A surprise bit of Oscar bait.”
“A perfect movie! Erotic and intelligent! That rare thing in movies these days! A grown up take on sex, love and personal redemption! Shows off Ben Kingsley as his sharpest and slyest since Sexy Beast. As directed with a keen eye for subtext and the inner lives of her characters by Isabel Coixet, this is a movie of quiet pleasures, absorbing conversations, intricate behaviors, intense sexuality, and pervasive performances top to bottom. With this performance, Penelope Cruz must be in some kind of career peak mode; she radiates intelligence, warmth, and effortless sensuality in this perfect movie….”
– Stephen Rebello, PLAYBOY
“Sensuous! This is her year! Penelope Cruz gives a heartbreaking performance.”
– Pete Hammond, LOS ANGELES TIMES - The Envelope
“A heartfelt romantic drama, based on a Philip Roth novella that may just earn Ben Kingsley a fifth Academy Award nomination.”
– John Hartl, SEATTLE TIMES
“The Oscar winning actor is probably best known for his performance as Ghandi. The drama Elegy features perhaps some of Ben Kinsley’s strongest work to date.”
– Michael Ordona, LOS ANGELES TIMES
“Existentialism and carnal desire; the perfect antidotes to summer heat. Take the prescription with Isabel Coixet’s film adaption of Philip Roth’s The Dying Animal.
– NEW YORK MAGAZINE
“**** (highest rating)!!
A haunting reflection on fear and love that fulfills its name beautifully. An intimate, singularly adult film - not in the sexual sense, but in terms of maturity. Ben Kingsley is terrific, but Penelope Cruz captivates with a truly inspired performance. The perfect foil to those loud summer blockbusters, “Elegy” mesmerizes with a whisper instead of an explosion.
– Jeff Craig, Sixty Second Preview
“A movie made with intelligence and taste. A slightly more risqué Away From Her.”
– David Edelstein, NEW YORK MAGAZINE