Elegy

Elegy
Elegy
  • R
  • 1h 52m
  • 2008
Certified Fresh74%
Common Sense Media Iconage 17+
Respected cultural critic and author David Kepesh (Ben Kingsley) is a middle-aged college professor who, for years, has lived in a state of "emancipated manhood." His romantic conquests are many; his lasting commitments, few. But when a stunning young student named Consuela Castillo (Penelope Cruz) enters his life, her otherworldly beauty captivates him to the point of obsession. Soon, their erotic relationship evolves into an undying and passionate love in this gripping drama that explores the power of love to blind, reveal and transform.
© 2008 Lakeshore Entertainment Group LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Certified Fresh74%
Critics Consensus: An intelligent, adult, and provocative Philip Roth adaptation that features classy performances, Elegy is never quite the sum of its parts.
Reviews
Sydney Morning Herald
Sandra Hall
Fresh

Coixet has blunted the impact of the novel's ending just as she has softened Roth's misanthropic d...

June 21, 2017
Film.com
Jonathan F. Richards
Fresh

With his fierce, impeccable craft Kingsley shows us around David's tortured, preening, desperate p...

June 21, 2017
Variety
Leslie Felperin
Fresh

Sparse, low-budget drama, helmed by Spaniard Isabel Coixet, intelligently translates Roth's medita...

June 21, 2017
Hollywood Reporter
Ray Bennett
Rotten

Penelope Cruz is outstanding in an otherwise lame male fantasy.

June 21, 2017
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Fresh

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Brainy, mature, emotional film tackles sex, love.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this haunting, emotional film is best for older teens and adults. It deals with mature subjects that are hard to understand, even for grown-ups: love, fidelity, betrayal, and mortality. There's some drinking and strong language -- primarily "f--k" -- as well as partial nudity (bare breasts and backsides) and plenty of sex scenes. Men and women toy with each other in manipulative ways, and the male characters tend to regard women as sex objects. But the main character does change for the better over the course of the movie.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:August 29, 2008
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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