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Elena (2012)Elena (2012)

Elena (2012)

A cinematic portrayal of sisterhood

Documentary

7.6

movie

Brazil, United States of America

English, Portuguese

Sunday, Thought-provoking

2012

Female director, Petra Costa

Elena Andrade, Li An, Petra Costa

82 min

Synopsis

Petra heads to New York in search of her older sister after a long time of being separated. They are both movie actresses and heirs of the wounds of the Brazilian dictatorship. But Petra has only a few clues: home movies, newspaper clippings, a diary...

Our Take

7.6
Bilal Zouheir

Filmmaker Petra Costa tells the story of moving to New York from Brazil to follow her dream, the same one her mother once followed, of becoming an actress.

She carries memories of a third person who made the same move, a sister called Elena. Elena left her when she was seven-years-old, and after intermittent calls and messages, disappeared.

This documentary is a tale of three women: of their feelings separation, longing, and ambition. It’s made to be a visual poem of their story.

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