Elegy (2008), Isabel Coixet, A-

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Thursday, July 10th, 2008

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I am a tremendous fan of Philip Roth’s The Dying Animal and this film does a couple of very smart things.  For one, it changes the name.  And changes the lead character a great deal.  Many of the details and backstory are gone.  And he’s an Englishman in the States, not the classic NYC Jew.  This is all good as it wasn’t a few minutes in that I stopped comparing the movie to the book.

And what this movie is all about, frankly, is a love affair.  Is it a good love?  A bad love?  This movie thinks there is no such thing.  It is certainly a cinematic love, with lots of classical piano, slo-motion city walking and well-shot scenes on the beach. 

I can’t tell you specifically what I liked about this bleak picture – but maybe after a summer of action heroes I needed some slowing down.

1 Comment »

  1. Huh. I saw this in Berlin and wasn’t quite sure what to make of it; by now I’m pretty certain that it’s completely awful.

    Comment by Jurgen — July 10, 2008 @ 7:16 pm

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