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Elena (2012)

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Petra Costa

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About the Movie

A haunting yet beautiful homage to the director's sister - Elena. A documentary that plays more like a drama, the director returns to NY two decades later to find out the fate of her sister. She rediscovers her life and pain in a trove of letters, tapes and videos. Presented by Tim Robbins and Fernando Meirelles, Elena is a cinematic journey that touches the soul in a way filmmaking hasn't done in years.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 19
  • Fresh: 17
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "Elena" unfolds like a cinematic dream whose central image is water, which symbolizes the washing away of grief. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, May 29, 2014

Fresh: A type of cinematic performance art, with all the self-consciousness that suggests - a sibling love story that's no less heartfelt for being in the form of a first-person poem. – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, Jun 12, 2014

Fresh: This haunting and dreamlike cinematic essay is filmmaking at its most personal. – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 5, 2014

Fresh: A pained and gorgeous summoning, Petra Costa's haunted doc Elena dances with death, memory, and family, seducing viewers and then breaking their hearts. – Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, May 27, 2014

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Customer Reviews

lovely movie, however...

gorgeous, introspective film…however, i think categorizing it as a documentary is a bit off. it’s more of an artistic meditation and love letter from one sister to another.

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