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[DVD Review] The Elephant King

27 October 2009 7:00 AM, PDT | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Completed in 2006, it took The Elephant King three years to hit DVD, after spending its first two years touring the festival rounds. It’s one of those films that seem to belong only in film festivals, playing for a curious and typically forgiving artistic crowd, where its lofty storytelling and derelict characters would be better appreciated.

The intention is noble and reasonably sound—it’s a movie showing the other side of those “finding one’s self by traveling” stories. Often, these movies are about unhappy westerners who trot off to far-end foreign lands; discovering love, friendship, life lessons and destiny. The usual backpacker bullshit. In its own overwrought way, The Elephant King does explore something closer to reality, of young men wanting to escape from their responsibilities back home and party in a third world atmosphere where they as the White American enjoy the luxury of superiority over the exploitation of peasant locals, »

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