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Review: 'Exit Elena' A Funny, Uncomfortable Analysis Of Family & Need

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • July 12, 2013 4:58 PM
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Dysfunctional families are the crème de la crème subject for artists: the potential for laughs and intense drama is too attractive, and anyone who's had a proper childhood should have plenty of real life experiences to mine from. But all this attention given to the rag-tag blood bunches has taken all eyes away from the oddly operative ones, those far from normal but somehow able to exist and function as a unit: they get along despite their incompatible behavior, which they don't even seem to recognize. These circles warrant their own examination, and Nathan Silver does just that with his sophomore feature "Exit Elena," an often hilarious and uncomfortable study of the family surrounding one desperately lonely live-in nurse.

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