In an era where LGBTQ+ films and television shows are receiving their well-deserved success, “Elena Undone” may come across as quaint to contemporary audiences with its lower production values. Regardless, the ideas presented at the movie’s core remain strong for fans of Nicole Conn’s work to this day.
In 2021, “Elena Undone” celebrated its 10-year anniversary. Along with the film being available on Hulu and Conn releasing a director’s commentary, a testimonial video was released where fans got to share their experience with the movie. Many considered the film’s depiction of love to be engrossing, such as one fan who commented, “I love the whole celebratory aspect, when two souls are meant to be together, they will find a way.” Likewise, another viewer believed that Conn’s direction was ultimately what elevated the handling of Elena and Peyton’s relationship. “For me, Nicole Conn really captures the essence of sensuality, romance, and intimacy,” they stated. “You can almost feel butterflies in your stomach.”
Perhaps the movie’s greatest accomplishment was in helping viewers unapologetically embrace their life choices. One devotee wrote that the film, ” … opened my mind to accept who I am.” Another fan was particularly empowered by “Undone” in helping them move through life, with the viewer saying, “It gave me hope and helped me have the strength to get through the things I needed to do.” While LGBTQ+ narratives have made great strides since then, “Elena Undone” certainly deserves a place for paving the way for these stories.