ELENA

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FILM 2012 -

(An­drey Zvyag­int­sev)

The di­rec­tor of The Re­turn and The Ban­ish­ment de­served more ac­claim for his bleak mo­ral fa­ble – shades of Dos­to­evsky and Go­gol – con­cern­ing a work­ing-class nurse’s com­plex re­la­tions with her older, much wealth­ier hus­band. A hyp­notic be­gin­ning even­tu­ally leads to an ap­palling mo­ral cri­sis.

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