in about 100 words or less
US 81m, Colour
Director: Gus Van Sant; Cast: Alex Frost, Eric Deulen, John Robinson
Elephant 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).