Russia | 2011 | Andrei Zvyagintsev
The new drama from the director of The Return has the third highest overall metacritic.com rating (87 out of 100) of any movie released this year! It’s a critique of the new Russia—the haves, the have-nots, and the must-haves—as they jockey for wealth and trample moral qualms in the process. Elena is a middle-aged, proletarian nurse who has married a well-to-do older man, Vladimir, a former patient. Both have grown children from previous marriages—a ne’er-do-well son in Elena’s case and a reckless, estranged daughter in Vladimir’s. But when Vladimir suffers a heart attack, they all begin to wonder: who will inherit his money when he dies? “A breakthrough…A mysterious existential thriller that's brilliantly acted and masterfully directed.” –Salon. Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm color & scope print!
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