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As far as I’m concerned, Elena is an amazing film since it sticks in my mind the whole day after I watched it. Although the content is quite simple, the development of Elena’s unpredictable behaviours is so fast, I could not take my eyes off the screen!
However, from my point of view, this film can bring greater responses from the audience if it altered some unnecessary sequences. For instance, during the fight between groups of young men near some factories, I felt dizzy because of the quivered screen and poor sound effects.
In contrast, other movies that I have seen, the screen was quivered like this as well – but for a particular reason. In those films, I can clearly understand the psychology of the characters because the director’s ‘quivers’ the scene. In Elena, this effect leaves audiences with a poor impression of the film’s making process.
In addition, I think that the camera angles in this film could be significantly improved. Elena and Vladimir’s daughter look terrible from some particular angles!
Personally, I believe that bringing more art scenes to Elena could help it be more attractive for film-goers – although the good tenor and brilliant psychological evolution of the film’s characters was particularly impressive.
To sum up, Elena is a film worth seeing, that brings deep meaning and perfectly reflects the changing qualities of people due to the power of money.
By Suzy Le