Rent Elephant (2003)

3.2 of 5 from 267 ratings
1h 20min
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Synopsis:
It's a beautiful fall day, and golden leaves skitter ahead of the wind across green lawns. Walking through the park on his way to class, Eli persuades a punk-rock couple to pose for some photographs. Nate finishes football practice and goes to meet his girlfriend Carrie for lunch. John leaves his dad's car keys in the school office for his brother to pick up. In the cafeteria, Brittany, Jordan and Nicole gossip and complain about their mothers' snooping. Michelle dashes to the library, while Eli snaps some photos of John in the hallway. John walks out onto the lawn, crossing paths with Alex and Eric. It's an ordinary high school day. But all that is about to change.
Inspired by the tragic events of the Columbine High School shootings.
Actors:
, , Eric Deulen, , Jordan Taylor, , , Brittany Mountain, Alicia Miles, Kristen Hicks, Bennie Dixon, , , , , Chantelle Chriestenson Nelson, , Marci Buntrock, Roman Ostrovsky, Vana O'Brien
Directors:
Producers:
Dany Wolf
Voiced By:
William S. Burroughs
Writers:
Gus Van Sant
Studio:
Optimum
Genres:
Drama, Thrillers
Awards:

2003 Cannes Palme d'Or

2003 Cannes Best Director

BBFC:
Release Date:
07/07/2004
Run Time:
80 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
20/07/2009
Run Time:
81 minutes
Languages:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B

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Reviews (4) of Elephant

Mesmerizing - Elephant review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
26/10/2005

Loosely based on the 1999 Columbine high school massacre, 'Elephant' presents the viewer with the uncomfortable feeling of having to watch events take place in real time. But the whole point of 'Elephant' is to show just how mundane everyday life is, and a how a seemingly routine school day for these kids turned into something truly horrific, and for this reason it makes it so much more effective when the shootings finally take place. This is an American high school in all it's meaningless triviality suddenly becoming frighteningly, sickeningly real and inescapable. Director Gus Van Sant doesn't pass judgement on the killers; he's smart enough to know that there is no single explanation for their behaviour, which arises from a variety of sources. Elephant is also a film which doesn't leave the viewer with any form of closure, it's tragic, it's not supposed to have a happy ending, but then neither did Columbine.

6 out of 6 members found this review helpful.

Don't bother! - Elephant review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
21/08/2005

What a lot of rubbish. Cameras follow the characters behind them in slow boring takes, a complete waste of time.

1 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

Enyeuse - Elephant review by Cherry

Spoiler Alert
19/01/2007

This was the worst film I have ever seen. The documentary style of the film makes it seem very realistic but also very boring as it trawls through the day at the school

0 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

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