Renowned art history professor and critic David Kepesh (Ben Kingsley) has, ostensibly, found his place in life, dividing his time between work, art, and romances. Everything seems to be balanced, until he runs into a classic dilemma: he falls in love with his student Consuela (played by the magnificent Penélope Cruz). Along with some jealousy and tragic events, their journey is filled with the ecstatic power of falling in love – not to forget the occasional walks on the beach. Upon realizing he has really fallen for someone thirty years younger than him, David cannot but contemplate: should I stay or should I, once more, go?
Based on the novel by Philip Roth with a screenplay by Nicholas Meyer, Elegy is proof that despite a rather clichéd premise, a story can be depicted in a balanced, yet delicate manner once given the power of narration to skilled filmmakers. Born in Barcelona, the U.S.-based director Isabel Coixet is a master of the drama genre and brings a warm gaze to the film, giving all the characters the space to really come alive. (Venla Aho)