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White Elephant (2012)

Elefante blanco (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 17 May 2012 (Argentina)
While working alongside his long-time friend and colleague in building a hospital for the residents of a Buenos Aries shantytown, a troubled priest finds solace in a young, atheist social worker.

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Julián
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Nicolás (as Jeremie Renier)
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Luciana
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Federico Barga ...
Monito
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Chato
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Obispo
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Danilo
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The "Villa Virgin", a shantytown in the slums of Buenos Aires. Julian and Nicolas, two priests and long-standing friends, work tirelessly to help the local people. Julian uses his political connections to oversee the construction of a hospital. Nicolas joins him following the failure of a project he was leading in the jungle, after paramilitary forces assassinated members of the community. Deeply troubled, he finds a little comfort in Luciana, a young, attractive, atheist social worker. As Nicolas' faith weakens, tension and violence between the slum drug dealing cartels grow. And when work on the hospital is halted by ministerial decree, the fuse is lit... Written by Cannes Film Festival

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Also Known As:

Bialy slon  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,098 (USA) (29 March 2013)

Gross:

$8,863 (USA) (7 June 2013)
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Te Extraño Mucho
(Compuesto por Adrian Fernandez Ortega)
(P) & © The Extreme Music Library Ltd.
All rights of the producer and the owner of the recorded work reserved.
Bajo licencia de Sony/ATV Music Publishing Spain LLC S. en C. / Extreme Music
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Reality hits hard.
15 October 2012 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

The perfect portray of human hypocrisy. I guess the actual message in this movie is that nothing really ends, nor the struggle for a better life or the evil that keeps people from getting a better life.

Some other reviewer stated this kind of story had already been told... Well has it?. Not this one in particular, I think the characters are quite real. Both main characters and extras have done a wonderful job keeping it real, nothing i have seen in Argentinian films for a while.

The shots are beautiful and seem to capture very well the actual landscape of the "villas". Music on the other hand doesn't live up to the most dramatic moments in the film, and personally I think it could have been improved.

To sum up "Elefante blanco" is definitely a movie to be watched, and mostly a message to be heard.


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