Sheri Linden(Los Angeles Times): A representation of cinematic performance art, with totality the self-consciousness that suggests – a sibling delight story that's no smaller quantity heartfelt for being in the form of a first-person poem.
Steve Dollar(Wall Street Journal): Mysterious and hermetic, this memoir is a collage of home movies, photographs, audio recordings and lyrical rehearsal that reframes a troubled family annals through a heartbroken lens.
Frank Scheck(Hollywood Reporter): This haunting and dreamlike cinematic effort is filmmaking at its most special.
Christy Lemire(RogerEbert.com): What began in beauteous, intriguing fashion ends up feeling surprisingly inanimate.
Stephen Holden(New York Times): "Elena" unfolds like a cinematic castle in the air whose central image is water, that symbolizes the washing away of grievance.
Alan Scherstuhl(Village Voice): A pained and rich summoning, Petra Costa's haunted doc Elena dances with death, memory, and family, seducing viewers and afterward breaking their hearts.
Dan Schindel(Movie Mezzanine): The thin skin drifts apart in its last strain, but that doesn't diminish the overall effort.
John Anderson(indieWIRE): Costa may not subsist detail-oriented when it comes to the minute particulars of her sister's personal history, but when it comes to creating emotional portraiture, she's exhaustive.
Katie Walsh(The Playlist): … a mesmerizing, snaky and emotional piece of filmmaking that consistently surprises and awes in its sensitivity and (to the degree that Herzog would say)ecstatic truths.
Maria Garcia(Film Journal International): Women's cinematic quests ~ the sake of identity are singular, as they in the same state often involve reminiscences of a dead referring … Elena adds another assured and courageous voice.
Diego Costa(Slant Magazine): This is a film about the invisible things passed along the course of from generation to generation, that polluted inheritance that cages us into patterns and puzzles we try to explain in someone else's note.
Pablo Villaca(Cinema em Cena): Um mergulho corajoso em mems dolorosas, perguntas nperguntadas e feridas ainda inflamadas.
Brian Tallerico(Film Threat): This is Elena and Petra's tale, and Costa never makes the required straining for it to feel universally suitable or of emotional impact to anyone goal their family.
Sarah Boslaugh(PopMatters): …a poetic, impressionistic documentary … combining new footage by home movies and other archival materials to take you in the interior of Petra's mind …