David Kepesh: I think it was Betty Davis who said old age is not for sissies. But it was Tolstoy who said the biggest surprise in a man's life is old age. Old age sneaks up on you, and the next thing you know you're asking yourself, I'm asking myself, why can't an old man act his real age? How is it possible for me to still be involved in the carnal aspects of the human comedy? Because, in my head, nothing has changed.
An aging University professor David Kepesh (Ben Kingsley), nearing the end of his career, meets Cuban student Consuela Castillo (Penélope Cruz), who awakens his sense of sexuality.
Is "Elegy" based on a novel?
Yes. Elegy is based on the 2001 novel The Dying Animal by American novelist Philip Roth. The Dying Animal is the third book in the David Kepesh series, preceeded by The Breast (1972) and The Professor of Desire (1977).
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