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Elephant, 2003

Elephant
Starring: John Robinson, Elias McConnell, Alex Frost, Eric Deulen
Directed by: Gus Van Sant
Written by: Gus Van Sant
Language:  English, German
Country:  USA
Runtime:  81 min
MPAA Rating:  R
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The mood of Elephant is disturbing, bleak, and gloomy. The plot centers around a murderous pair, estrangement, and a violence spree. It is a drama and independent movie. Stylistically, Elephant is nonlinear. In approach, it is serious and realistic. The pacing is slow. Elephant takes place, at least partly, at a high school. The setting is the USA. It happens in contemporary times. Elephant is originally a true story. The movie is known for being a Cannes festival winner and critically acclaimed. Note that it includes violent content.

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Gus Van Sant's drifty, eloquent, and effortlessly poignant Elephant is loosely based on the massacre... more

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Language: English, German
Country: USA
Release date: 6 May 2004
Runtime: 81 min
Awards: Cannes

Awards

Gus Van Sant for Best Director at the 2003 Cannes
Awarded Palme d'Or at the 2003 Cannes

Cast and Crew

John Robinson John Robinson As John McFarland
Elias McConnell Elias McConnell As Elias
Alex Frost Alex Frost As Alex
Eric Deulen Eric Deulen As Eric
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Washington Post
An understated, hypnotic stroke of brilliance.
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by: Desson Thomson
Los Angeles Times
Working with cinematographer Harris Savides and serving as the film's editor, he (Van Sant) has fashioned a visual style and a narrative shape that has the quality of a waking dream, then a nightmare. Rarely do form and content add up with such...
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I am usually a fan of the more dark/cerebral films, and violence has never been an issue for me when it comes to movies, but this one just felt thoughtlessly disturbing. I couldn't figure out what the movie was trying to say, and at the end it...
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19.September.2012 |  by: Danny
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I love to hate this film
When people ask me "What's the worst movie you've--" I say "Elephant" before they can finish their sentence. I've enjoyed Gus Van Sant's work. Sometimes I thought he was a bit hit or miss. But I never thought he could make a film so masturbatory...
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02.January.2011 |  by: Erik
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Erik rated this title
I wanted to like this movie so much... There were so many things that could have been done to make the movie more tense. It is too self-indulgent and there wasn't enough going on to keep me interested. If you're going to rent it, fast forward to the...
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31.March.2010 |  by: Caitlin Higgins
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Caitlin Higgins rated this title
Be prepared to watch the backs of people's heads, that's all I have to say. 90% of this movie could be cut if you didn't have to watch a student walk across the high school grounds. This movie is filled with many tedious scenes, I fast forwarded...
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12.October.2009 |  by: Holly
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This is one of the most shallow movies I have ever seen. It brought nothing new to the viewer's mind about school shootings It didn't make us feel any closer to understanding who could do such a thing. We already know what the majority of people...
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11.October.2009 |  by: Melli
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A marvel of a film. I won't get into what it 'says' about whatever it is talking about; with this film, you should decide. But I will tell you, it is amazingly made. Long silences that are NOT boring, but telling. True-to-life dialogue and acting. A...
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20.March.2009 |  by: sethdellinger
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Beautiful and disturbing
The best thing about this one is the photography, which is totally hypnotizing. It's slow but very atmospheric. When you finally understand what's going on, it's a complete surprise. I thought it was an excellent film but only for people with...
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09.August.2008 |  by: hadasi
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