By IndieWire – 9/1/2014
It’s been a relatively good summer for movies, but as we enter fall it’s time to take a look at some films that are available on video on demand platforms this September.
ELENA (Sept 9)
Brazilian documentary “Elena” represents director Petra Costa’s spiritual search for her older sister, an aspiring actress who fled Brazil’s military junta (1964-85) when Petra was only 7-years-old in order to live out her dreams in New York City. Addressing her personal subject with recrimination and visual virtuosity, Costa’s first feature length film is a elegiac dreamscape in which the director attempts to find Elena in New York City while piecing together a limited number of home movies, diary entries and newspaper clippings in order to learn more about her. Punctuated with bold images and poetic symbols, “Elena” is not a conventional documentary in any sense, and the more Costa allows the fractured lives of herself and her sister to meld, the more fluid the story becomes as a powerful meditation on time, sisterhood, identity and forgiveness.