A story about a troubled boy growing up in England, set in 1983. He comes across a few skinheads on his way home from school, after a fight. They become his new best friends even like family. Based on experiences of director Shane Meadows.
Lilja is 16 years old. Her only friend is the young boy Volodja. They live in Estonia, fantasizing about a better life. One day, Lilja falls in love with Andrej. He is going to Sweden, and invites Lilja to come along and start a new life.
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
When Elias thanks the punk couple, the actors give him their real first names (Wolfgang and Caroline). See more »
When Elias exits the darkroom, the director takes a lot of care to show how real photographers shake their film and tap it on the counter twice. Yet, developing film takes much longer than the scene shows, and involves several steps of different chemistry. The film has to dry in a contained area where dust cannot cover it, and you definitely cannot cut the film while it is still wet and go straight to making a print. The negative would be ruined. See more »
Few films are able to emotionally disturb me, but Elephant managed to do that and then some. Rarely am I this unsettled by a film. Elephant takes place at a high school and follows a collection of different students as they go about their day to day activities. However, two of the students are planning something much more sinister in the wings, and I'm sure you can already guess what that might be.
Elephant is an incredibly unique film that takes a lot of artistic risks. The first hour of the film watches students walk through the halls of their school, following behind them with a steady cam. It's boring, it's tedious, and it's frustratingly pointless, but then again, so is high school. For the first hour of the film I really didn't enjoy it and I found it pretentious and a total drag. Yet then the film climaxes with more intensity, more brutality, and more disturbing sincerity than you could ever imagine.
I wouldn't say I enjoyed the last twenty minutes of the film either. The events that play out in this film hit a little too close to home and they feel way too real. Elephant was just not fun to watch, and I was really against it after it ended. I wanted to curl up in a ball and die. But then I thought about it. The film's purpose was to just show you the day to day workings of a high school, and this is what we saw. Then, in the end, it aims to cause as much emotional turmoil within you as possible. It most certainly did this. So, with that in mind, I suppose Elephant accomplished what it was trying to do, and if a film does that you can't exactly call it a bad film, can you? I'm split on Elephant. There's some experimental artistic brilliance deep within the film and, even though it wasn't fun to watch, it does what it was trying to do. Maybe I should watch it again if I can bring myself to do so. I'm not entirely sure. It's been a long time since I've been so conflicted about a film. Consider this rating a placeholder before I really make up my mind.
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