• Film ID:
  • 11296
  • Availability:
  • DVD Available from Shop
  • Film cert:
  • Running time:
  • DVD=80 min.
  • Nationality(ies):
  • America.
  • Primary Language(s):
  • English.
ELEPHANT (2003)
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Gus Van Sant's take on the shooting at Columbine High School is a masterpiece. Using a cast of unprofessional actors, he has created a unique and highly affecting film, rich in atmosphere and style. The non-linear narrative follows the experiences of the key characters, giving a different perspective of events in the short time frame (most of the events shown in the film take place in about an hour). While the tension in the film obviously comes from the impending violence, the film's strongest asset is its powerful evocation of high school life. The sparseness of the corridors and the maze-like architecture seem to be as important a part of the film as the kids themselves. Impressive, critical and very humane, Elephant recalls Renoir's 'La Regle Du Jeu' in both structure and message, whilst remaining relevant and contemporary. Astounding!
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