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Edinburgh Film Festival 2012 - Exit Elena (2012)

Exit Elena, 2012.

Directed by Nathan Silver.

Starring Nathan Silver, Kia Davis, Jim Chiros, Barbara White, Gert O'Connell, Cindy Silver and Lawrence Balin.


Elena, a newly qualified live-in nurse, moves in with the Akerman family to nurse their aging grandmother. Unfortunately, the clingy mother makes it difficult for her to stay professional.

Exit Elena is a deliciously understated film. With a premise that involves primarily just one location, the house, and a select cast, it feels very intimate. Most of the dialogue is improvised, and so the whole film feels more like a fly-on-the-wall documentary than a work of fiction. Nathan Silver plays ‘an exaggerated version of himself ten years ago’, and his mother is played by his real-life mother, Cindy Silver. His father is played by a family friend, Jim Chiros, and is the only professional actor on set. The amateur nature of the cast would normally worry me,

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