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Elephant (2003)

US 81m, Colour
Director: Gus Van Sant; Cast: Alex Frost, Eric Deulen, John Robinson

elephantElephant is a stylized fictional re-creation of a high school shooting based on the Columbine High School massacre. Employing a nonlinear timeline and following students with a steadicam, Van Sant attempts to film a day-in-the-life of the student body in a Portland, Oregon school. As a cautionary message, Elephant fails to offer anything that the news media has not already provided. Enforcing stereotypes, and seemingly with little purpose, this is an oddly ostentatious film considering the subject matter (Klaus Ming November 2016).


2 comments on “Elephant (2003)

  1. SJHoneywell

    I likely connected with this a little more than you did–my town suffered a mass shooting on Valentine’s Day, 2008. Despite my saying that, I still had a lot of issues with this movie. There’s definitely something to be said about these events–the fact that you probably have to look up the one I mentioned above and may not remember it because of the relatively small body count is evidence of how this is a problem. But this isn’t the movie to make the argument.

    • Klaus

      I do recall that shooting, and this is the first movie that i’ve seen about any of these terrible events. And I agree, that I don’t Elephant had much to add to the conversation.

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