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Elegy

Isabel Coixet's drama stars Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz, and is adapted from Philip Roth's 2001 short novel The Dying Animal.

David Kepesh (Kingsley), an ageing literature professor and cultural critic, having long ago ditched his family and marriage, lives a hedonistic existence sleeping around with younger women, as well as having a sex-only relationship with the nearer-his-age Carolyn (Patricia Clarkson).

His best friend, George O'Hearn (Dennis Hopper), encourages Kepesh's lifestyle, but suggests that he should also find a wife, with whom he can enjoy more cerebral pursuits.

It's not long before Kepesh is captivated by the beautiful Consuela Castillo (Cruz), who is not only much younger than him, but also one of his students.

The pair embark on a passionate affair, but, as it starts to turn serious, Kepesh's insecurities well up and begin to push the pair apart...

Also starring Peter Sarsgaard and Deborah Harry.

Elegy synopsis

A college professor's passionate relationship with a beautiful student has unforeseen consequences

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