Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz star in Elegy, a poignant romance between a professor and his much-younger student. The professor is divorced, with a grown son, so that relationship very much comes into play in the movie. He is set in his ways, doesn’t want to commit, and is afraid of being hurt. His student loves him, but he doesn’t trust that love, or understand it. He’s more comfortable with the monthly arrangement he has with career-woman Patricia Clarkson, who expects nothing from him. Elegy is a romance from the male point of view, and as events shape the professor’s world, he starts to see things differently. Ben Kingsley is appropriately stoic and reserved. Penelope Cruz is sweet and hesitant, but open and loving. Beautifully done.
Cultural critic David Kepesh finds his life -- which he indicates is a state of "emancipated manhood" -- thrown into tragic disarray by Consuela Castillo, a well-mannered student who awakens a sense of sexual possessiveness in her teacher.