Elza (Le bonheur d'Elza) Image
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  • Summary: A young Parisian woman of Caribbean descent returns to her native island of Guadeloupe looking for the father she has never known.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Nov 29, 2012
    100
    Bathed in the flamingo colors and Caribbean rhythms of its location, this deeply personal debut from the writer and director Mariette Monpierre develops with a lingering attention to sensation and sound.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Dec 4, 2012
    70
    Suffused with buoyant, sunlit sensuality, like its free-flying heroine, Elza confounds logic while seducing the senses.
  3. Reviewed by: Zeba Blay
    Nov 26, 2012
    50
    Capitalizes on a vibrant tropical location and a cast of capable, but the narrative makes disconcerting leaps from the poignant to the distractingly soap-operatic.
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Dec 2, 2012
    50
    Heartfelt but clumsy.