Andrey Zvyagintsev’s third film, I’ve also seen his first and latest; The Return (2003) and Leviathan (2014). From the three I’ve seen, I have to hand it to his sticking with Mikhail Krichman’s cinematography.
From the opening shot of Elena. Every now and then I get a damaged dvd that starts freezing, and I had to glance down at the counter to see that the scene was playing normally – until I sensed the light getting brighter, then some movement in the foreground, on a branch, to the right. Then you see the reflection on the glass and you know something you didn’t when the film started.
I would be surprised if Zvyagintsev wasn’t influenced by [spoiler] Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles. [/ spoiler]