Exit Elena

Exit Elena

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Exit Elena (2012/2013)

Opened: 07/12/2013 Limited

reRun Theater07/12/2013 - 07/18/20137 days

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Genre: Comedy/Drama

Rated: Unrated

A darkly comedic home movie about a live-in aide and a family in crisis.


With no place to call home, 19-year-old Elena takes a job as a live-in aide. She finds herself thrust into the middle of a family in crisis: all the things that go on between a father, grandmother, mother, and cat. Eventually, Elena strikes something of a balance though... That is, until the prodigal son returns home.

Placing fictional characters alongside real people, 'Exit Elena' is shot through with all the rough edges inherent to family life and home movie form -- in short, it's a dark comedy.

Director's Statement

Watching Exit Elena, I see the summer I lived two years ago. When you shoot a movie with your girlfriend and your mother playing versions of themselves, your oldest friend behind the camera, and assorted family friends and neighbors as cast and crew, the result reflects more of how it was made than what's there...at least for me.

On past productions, I had big crews and all the bells and whistles I thought you needed in order to make a movie a MOVIE. But by the end of each shoot, I found the production war stories more fascinating than the movies themselves. After the largest production of them all, it hit me that maybe I should let the shoot itself dictate the story. So, we went at Exit Elena with an outline, extensive rehearsals, and faith in the absurd. I directed the conversations on the sets. Basically, I drew everything in chalk and the cast poured the paint on, sometimes splattering outside the chalk lines...

It was a wonderful mess. There was wine and laughter, the pounding of fists on tables, and even a real visit to the emergency room: in short, there was life to it all.... But nothing went smoothly. My mother and I fought like we always have--with great love, which makes for great fights. And everyone else found themselves in the suburbs of Boston, trying to figure out what the hell they were doing in the middle of what seemed like a family gathering gone awry.

That certain chaotic tenderness that shakes every scene of the movie is there in part because it actually was a family gathering gone awry. Because of what I put them through, I dedicate this to Kia, my mother, and all the others who lived this movie two years ago.

-- Nathan Silver, Director