5 July 2012
Starring Yelena Lyadova, Nadezhda Markina, Aleksey Rozin.
Directed by Andrei Zvyagintsev.
Classification: M (Coarse Language and Violence), 109 mins.
Language: Russian (subtitled).
Elena has a warm but passionless late-in-life marriage with wealthy Vladimir, to whom she is more caretaker than spouse. Each has grown children from previous relationships, but Vladimir is dedicated to his distant, spoiled daughter and resents having to provide financial aid to Elena’s hapless, unemployed son and his struggling family. As Vladimir’s health declines, and he makes concrete plans to leave everything to his own offspring, Elena must decide swiftly between her loyalty to her husband and her allegiance to her own flesh and blood.