Elephant (1989)

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A depiction of a series of violent killings in Northern Ireland with no clue as to exactly who is responsible.

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Gary Walker
Bill Hamilton
Michael Foyle
Danny Small
Robert J. Taylor ...
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Joe Cauley
Joe McGee ...
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Patrick Condren
Andrew Downs
Terry Doyle ...
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Michael Liebmann
Gavin Bloomer
Barry Brent
Paul Nemeer
Sam Doyle
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I notice nobody actually from Northern Ireland seems to have commented on this... I grew up in Belfast through some of the worst of the troubles (and have been personally affected by the actions of both loyalist and republican terrorists) and I have to say that for me this film is pretty much it in a nutshell. The desensitising effect mentioned by some of the other comments is precisely what happens in real life; the fact that stuff blows up occasionally and every so often someone gets shot dead eventually starts to just become part of the scenery. I've lost count of the number of times I saw people walking through Belfast stop in their tracks for a second or two as a bomb was detonated nearby then just continue on their way. You learn to live with it, and that's the real horror, which I think is something Clarke portrays here with an extraordinary degree of empathy. Possibly some of it's because so many of the places in the film were so familiar to me but it really hit home in a way that no other film explicitly about Northern Ireland has ever done for me.


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