May 24 at SIFF: 'Elena'
SIFF highlights for Thursday, May 24, 2012: the slow-starting but impressive Russian film noir "Elena."
Seattle International Film FestivalThrough June 10 at SIFF Cinema Uptown, Egyptian, Pacific Place, Harvard Exit, SIFF Film Center, Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center (May 18-24 only), Everett Performing Arts Center (May 24-31), Kirkland Performance Center (May 31-June 10). Tickets are $11 for most individual films; various passes and packages are available. Information: www.siff.net or 206-324-9996.
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"Elena": Philip Glass provided the score for this slow-starting but impressive Russian film noir about a determined member of the Second Wives' Club. When her rich husband suffers a heart attack and appears unlikely to recover, she sets out to foil his inheritance plans. A somber variation on "Daddy's Dyin' ... Who's Got the Will?," the picture is populated by characters who are driven by greed and estrangement. Their behavior is often so extreme that they verge on the ridiculous, especially a loathsome couch-potato son who inspires his mother's plans. The director, Andrey Zvyagintsev ("The Return"), makes the most of the ghastly settings, which include a backyard that ominously features nuclear cones. 7 p.m. at Pacific Place.
John Hartl, Special to The Seattle Times