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White Elephant (2012)
"Elefante blanco" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  17 May 2012 (Argentina)
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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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Federico Barga ...
Esteban Díaz ...
Pablo Gatti ...
Walter Jakob ...
Raul Ramos ...
Susana Varela ...
Julio Zarza ...


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One insightful and entertaining piece of reality
20 May 2012 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Set in present day Buenos Aires, a middle-aged catholic priest (Ricardo Darin) who is working on a housing project in a real-life slum brings a french priest friend (Jérémie Renier) to work with him.

In my opinion, the movie's strength is not so much the plot but the realistic portrayal of the crude slum life-style, codes, culture and hardships.

My office is 4 blocks away from that slum, it is quite a contrast between a slick cosmopolitan, corporate world and a poverty-stricken area where violent crime thrives. I can tell you the director achieved great accuracy in the portrayal of the slum environment, without conveying a condescending feel, but a dignified one.

Worth a watch.

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