Noah Emmerich on Patricia Clarkson in ‘Elegy’

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Patricia Clarkson’s work is a master class in fullness and minimalism. The scope and power of what she is able to communicate with the slightest of gestures — the sip of a drink or the turn of her head — it’s testament to the depth and potency of her inner life. It’s one of those things that can’t really be taught, and it’s what I believe separates the good from the truly great. But man, has she got it!

The scene where she’s talking about getting older and how it’s affecting her — there’s no histrionics or scenery chewing. To watch her journey from painful recognition to acceptance and gratitude, it’s stunning — so simple and elegant and truthful. With seemingly effortless fluidity, she manages raw emotional honesty and gives us a powerful and lasting portrait of a human soul.

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