Ken Tucker
November 09, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Elegy

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
106 minutes
Limited Release Date
08/08/08
performer
Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley, Penelope Cruz
director
Isabel Coixet
distributor
Samuel Goldwyn Films
author
Nicholas Meyer
genre
Drama, Romance

We gave it an A-

Spare lines aout the changing weather over a year, a metaphor for the bloom and wilt of life.

Sample Verse
”How sad is absence. How very gone / The nothing after.”

Bottom Line
Had the jacket not said Elegy chronicles the year following the death of her son, Mary Jo Bang’s book would still move you for its grace, not its real-life poignancy.

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