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Elegy

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Source: Catholic News Service

Somber but absorbing and impressively acted adaptation of a Philip Roth novel about a womanizing professor (Ben Kingsley), the graduate student with whom he falls in love (Penelope Cruz), his poet friend (Dennis Hopper), longtime mistress (Patricia Clarkson) and estranged son (Peter Sarsgaard). Director Isabel Coixet sensitively captures the story's themes of love, aging and death, with Cruz and Kingsley in top form, and though characterized by the somewhat artificial air of many literary adaptations, the emotions are achingly authentic. Nonmarital situations and nongraphic sexual encounters, upper-female nudity, frank sexual talk, adultery, abortion reference, some rough language and brief profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L – limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R—restricted, under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.



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