Elephant

Elephant

Elephant

Two teenagers plan a Columbine-style school shooting in Gus Van Sant's Elephant, loosely based on the Columbine high school massacre. Winner of the Palme d'Or and Best Director at Cannes 2003.

Winner of the Palme d'Or, Best Director and the Cinema Prize of the French National Education System, 2003 Cannes Film Festival.
2003Rating: R16, Violence81 minsUSA
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Variety

Variety

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To make a film about something like the Columbine student shootings incident and provide no insight or enlightenment would seem to be pointless at best and irresponsible at worst, and that is what Gus Van Sant has done in Elephant.

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Time Out

Time Out

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The film doesn't try to explain, but to put us in a subjective time and space, a place where it's impossible not to feel the abject horror of random violence.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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By making the camera an observer, we get a perspective that often comes out of horror movies, a choice that whips the ordinary with the terrifying, an unforgettable mix.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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This is a film about post-Columbine US high school life, in which the violence is conceived with the glazed detachment of lucid dreaming.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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Unique and unforgettable.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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It simply looks at the day as it unfolds, and that is a brave and radical act; it refuses to supply reasons and assign cures, so that we can close the case and move on.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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An unblinking look at our mania for murder, the film is a stunning response to an American tragedy that in its senselessness and human cost embodies the larger tragedy of this country's blood lust.

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Variety

Variety

press

To make a film about something like the Columbine student shootings incident and provide no insight or enlightenment would seem to be pointless at best and irresponsible at worst, and that is what Gus Van Sant has done in Elephant.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

The film doesn't try to explain, but to put us in a subjective time and space, a place where it's impossible not to feel the abject horror of random violence.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

By making the camera an observer, we get a perspective that often comes out of horror movies, a choice that whips the ordinary with the terrifying, an unforgettable mix.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

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This is a film about post-Columbine US high school life, in which the violence is conceived with the glazed detachment of lucid dreaming.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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Unique and unforgettable.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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It simply looks at the day as it unfolds, and that is a brave and radical act; it refuses to supply reasons and assign cures, so that we can close the case and move on.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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An unblinking look at our mania for murder, the film is a stunning response to an American tragedy that in its senselessness and human cost embodies the larger tragedy of this country's blood lust.

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