In Screen on October 12, 2008 at 12:03 pm

Successful as a professor and cultural critic, David Kepesh (Ben Kingsley) is brief and noncommittal in relationships with women because “beautiful women are invisible… we are so dazzled by the outside we never make it in.” Ideals are altered by a magnetism Kepesh feels for the unique and radiant austerity of a student (Penelope Cruz) in one of his lectures.  In “old age”, which Kepesh believes to be “the biggest surprise in a man’s life” he reflects on friendship, family, and most deeply, love. 

Elegy is casted impeccably and the direction of Isabel Coixet is affecting.   


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