A beautiful student (Penélope Cruz) throws into disarray the life of an aging lecturer and cultural critic (Ben Kingsley) when she awakens in him feelings of sexual possessiveness.
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" A remarkable example of the actor at his best -- conveying wounded hurt or burning hunger with a glance. "
" A spare, meditative and melancholy film. "
" Director Isabel Coixet (My Life Without Me) keeps the focus on Kepesh, played by Kingsley in a performance that brings sympathy and humanity to a selfish, imperious, predatory man. "
" Director Isabel Coixet sees David's tragedy, but also his life force, and she draws brilliant work out of Cruz. "
" Elegy gives Ben Kingsley one of the best roles of his career. "
" Elegy is a curious example of misplaced good taste. Spanish-born director Isabel Coixet's film, adapted by Nicholas Meyer, recasts into softer, more palatable material the...third in Philip Roth's stories driven by the sensual obsessions of Roth al "
" Elegy is a rare treat: a serious film that, thanks to Kingsley and the rest, doesn't seem to take itself too seriously. "
" It's beautifully photographed and slowly paced, all the better to emphasize the film's emphasis on and exploration of deep feelings. "
" It's nicely done. "
" Kingsley perfectly tunes his performance to these psychological nuances, the strong features in his face undone by an anxious flicker of his eyes. "
" Occasionally touching, always interesting. "
" Sparse, low-budget drama, helmed by Spaniard Isabel Coixet, intelligently translates Roth's meditation on lust and mortality without soft-pedaling its narrator's brutally honest, unabashedly sexist views. "
" The best dramatic film of the year so far. "
" The delicious conflict of a thinker poleaxed by his feelings inflames Isabel Coixet's smoldering Elegy, based on Roth's novella The Dying Animal. "
" With his fierce, impeccable craft Kingsley shows us around David's tortured, preening, desperate psyche. "
" Wonderful writing, good performances, beautiful photography, and a lot of food for thought. "
" The difference this time is the overall quality of the performances. Kingsley and Cruz make the most credible lovers [director Isabel] Coixet has ever paired. "
" It's beautiful, but nobody involved was ever sure what the movie was actually about, or why they were making it. "
" Penelope Cruz is outstanding in an otherwise lame male fantasy. "
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