"An unusual and interesting cast," says the missus. I’d have to concur:
Driven by Isabel Coixets visually assured and deeply observant
direction, Elegy charts the passionate relationship between a
celebrated college professor and a young woman whose beauty both
ravishes and destabilizes him. As their intimate connection transforms
them more than either could imagine a charged sexual contest evolves into
an indelible love story. With humanistic warmth, wry wit and erotic
intensity, Elegy explores the power of beauty to blind, to reveal and
Academy Award®-winner Ben Kingsley and Oscar®-nominee Penelope Cruz,
with extraordinary supporting performances from Dennis Hopper, Patricia
Clarkson and Peter Sarsgaard, Elegy is based on Pulitzer Prize-winner
Philip Roths short novel The Dying Animal.
I think Cruz is a rotten choice to play the student – too old, too slender, too Muppet. (She looks like a Muppet.) (Plus, Tom Cruise, right, and who wants to think about him while watching an adaptation of a Roth book? Nobody!) Still, she’s not painful to look at, exactly, and Kingsley is great, Patricia Clarkson is my girlfriend, Peter Sarsgaard is good & married to Maggie, which is meaningless to the film but nevertheless. And Dennis Hopper? Pabst Blue Ribbon!! They had me at Dennis Hopper.