Everything feels incredibly lonely in this movie. It feels like a psychosis, that naturally is developing in front of your eyes, where each actor is a mirror of a failure. It's like you end up in a family's house and everything is completely strange to you, awkward, odd and you are thankful that your parents are different people and life hopefully is somewhere else.
Refreshingly poignant, EXIT ELENA conceals the underlying psychology of its heroine, played very effectively by co-writer Kia Davis. In a series of sharply observed episodes, director Nathan Silver takes on the horrifying trauma of everyday life experienced by his generation: loneliness, parents, making money. The raw camerawork and improvised acting is by design not default. A small gem. What every indie should be.
Quite impressive as for something created with no budget, but I suspect the same story told in the same way in standard movie would leave me completely indifferent. The question is whether the movie created with the help of more sophisticated resources would be still so sincere.
Film très étrange. On est de plus en plus malaisé. La famille dans laquelle Elena travaille en tant qu'infirmière, s'occupant de la grand-mère, est très dysfonctionnelle. Film intéressant, nous faisant réfléchir sur le sentiment d'emprisonnement qu'on peut tous ressentir à un moment dans notre vie et sur l'importance de le dépasser.
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A nice, slight film that gives a good sense of what it's like to be a live-in nurse, while at the same time having a universal appeal in its depiction of how difficult it is for young people to find a career that matters to them and also pays. Has its parallels with Man Push Cart and a few other good films depicting low-paid work in a manner that goes beyond class-bound ideas (as important as those are of course).
So glad I watched this on here before it expired. Mesmerizing, class-A cringe comedy. There's a definite Fassbinder influence, but Silver--who seems like a nicer guy than RWF, even if the "Nathan" he plays here would rank highly on a list of the most unflattering directorial self-portraits in cinema--has his own odd storytelling/editorial rhythms.
If nothing else this film at the very least announces the arrival of a new talent writer/actress Kia Davis who as the title character here exhibits a performance well worth remembering. Plot is pretty bare and for some the reference to paint drying would be apt. For those patient enough rewards are there to be had. The family unit that Elena winds up working for is a thin line away from being a horror movie.
I wanted to post the discussion from mubi/cléo for easy access: https://mubi.com/notebook/posts/horror-in-the-hearth-exit-elena-and-gothic-fiction--2. Truly a beautiful film. It was easy to feel what the main character felt. If a film can do that I give it 5 stars. Some people commented that this is comparable to Lena Durham's work, and I would completely disagree. There is no air of generational entitlement here...
I loved this. I don't think it's similar to Lena Dunham's stuff or Frances Ha. There's a lot of generational anxiety stuff going on all over the spectrum. It's not just a film about or for young people. I hated the family, and yet I understood why Elena might endure so much from them.