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2009-01-09 15:31

What it's about:

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.

What the critics thought:

"Spanish director Isabel Coixet displays what is almost reverence for the material. You can imagine her whispering on the set. She brings out the absolute best in her top-notch cast."
- Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle

"As an acting showcase that builds to some unexpectedly moving moments, Elegy has much to recommend it."
- Keith Phipps, Onion AV Club

"Wonderful writing, good performances, beautiful photography, and a lot of food for thought."
- Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper

"Elegy is such a serious, oftentimes grave exploration of desire and the ways of aging that it's a miracle the two central characters have as much sex as they do."
- Manohla Dargis, New York Times

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

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Philippa Smith 2009-01-26 01:57 PM
Elegy is to my mind an overly long and sombre look at a rather nasty man's love affair (mainly with himself).It unfolds slowly and predictably and as the camera lingers lovingly on the fleshy folds of Ben Kingsley's head as he slowly embraces Penelope Cruz's very beautiful flesh , I was seized with the desire to say:Siestog - he's too old for you. Get on with your life and the movie!"

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