A story of amour fou. Walt is madly in love/lust with a young illegal Mexican immigrant. However, the object of his unrequited affection doesn't even speak any English and finds Walt really... See full summary »
A day in the lives of a group of average teenage high school students. The film follows every character and shows their daily routines. However two of the students plan to do something that the student body won't forget. Written by
A poorly written film with inefficient editing and amatuer acting
What a disappointment. Gus Van Sant's attempt to write, direct, and edit the film "Elephant" is a miserable failure. The script includes hardly any dialogue or any other devices to develop characters, so consequently the viewer does not feel emotionally invested in any of the characters or what happens to them in the film. The script is minimalist to a fault, and the actors deliver the few lines that they have with no conviction. In an attempt to portray the "high-school kid's point of view," Van Sant trains a camera on the back of each character's head. The first 45 minutes of the film largely consists of excruciatingly long shots of characters walking down school hallways. This would be fine if something significant would happen during these shots, but instead Van Sant wastes minutes that he could be using to show other vignettes to develop characters and the plot. The entire movie has a very pretentious, "student-film" style that detracts from the substance of the story. And speaking of substance, did Van Sant really think that he could top "Bowling for Columbine"? Don't make the mistake I did and waste your time on "Elephant," a film that is as ploddingly slow and insignificant as its name suggests.
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