What a marvellous movie. It lets you yourself decide if and how you want to judge others. Because you probably read a review in the press you know what's going to happen in the end. But that's not what this is all about. The film shows us very tenderly what the newsmedia and the press so rarely care about. The ones involved. The everyday lives of all those that got hurt and those that got away. Just like that. Without the sensation. And, as I said before, without the slightest hint of judgement. Terrific!
I understand that people want to be unique and make films that are different from others but elephant is just in another league and takes reality to another level. For one thing yes filming children walk around in a school all day and showing how some get picked on and some are popular and est. is very realistic but the reason films aren't made exactly like real life is because it's very boring that way. When I watch a movie I really don't feel the need to see some guy walk in a circle for 15 minutes, … more
I love stories in all form. Painting, film, comics, books, music - anything. Also sculpture, more the classic kind from ROman, Greek onward until I need to read so I might understand what I am supposed … more
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Elephant, the elegant and unsettling movie from Gus Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho,Good Will Hunting), depicts students at a high school before and during a harrowing, Columbine-style shooting. The movie follows one young boy who takes over the wheel from his drunken dad while returning from lunch, then loops back in time and follows another student who crosses paths with the first, then loops back and follows another--all captured in long, unedited tracking shots that are serene and unhurried, even when two boys in camouflage gear, carrying heavy bags, arrive at the school and begin shooting.Elephantdoesn't attempt to explain their behavior; it simply places the audience back in the brief yet interminable window of adolescence, when life is trivial and painfully important at the same time. Your reaction toElephantwill depend as much on your life experiences as anything in the movie itself.--Bret Fetzer