Elena takes place in and around Moscow, and mixes the patient narrative methods of the earlier films with more immediately gripping suspense mechanisms. A lengthy opening shot allows us to measure the dawn breaking over its pivotal household, but an urgent Philip Glass score accompanies our sixtysomething heroine (Nadezhda Markina) as she hastens to her son’s place across town. The new film’s concerns will be similarly pressing and contemporary: what we witness is a fatal collision of values.