5.7/10
152
7 user 13 critic

Do Elephants Pray? (2010)

Trailer
1:31 | Trailer
Frustrated by the soulless routine world he is shackled to and dogged by a need to find meaning in everything, the life of advertising executive Callum Cutter is thrown into poetic chaos ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Hills

Writer:

Jonnie Hurn
Reviews
3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonnie Hurn ... Callum
Julie Dray ... Malika
Marc Warren ... Marrlen
Rosie Fellner ... Emma
Grace Vallorani Grace Vallorani ... Sark
John Last John Last ... Jode
Jean-Baptiste Puech ... Soldier
Cassandra French Cassandra French ... Fahra
Dougal Porteous Dougal Porteous ... Hoody
Iain Lee ... Radio DJ
Abigail Titmuss ... Mirriam (as Abi Titmuss)
Yann Goven Yann Goven ... Breton Hunter (scenes deleted)
Barry McGinlay Barry McGinlay ... Tai Chi Instructor
Yoram Halberstam Yoram Halberstam ... Courier
Statis Statis ... Holly - The Dog
Edit

Storyline

Frustrated by the soulless routine world he is shackled to and dogged by a need to find meaning in everything, the life of advertising executive Callum Cutter is thrown into poetic chaos when he meets the free-spirited French seductress Malika who promises to change his life forever...providing he keeps her identity a secret. Written by Jonnie Hurn

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The journey is more important than the destination

Genres:

Drama

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Malika: Come with me, and do something you'll remember forever.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in In Circles (2016) See more »

User Reviews

 
a bold yet understated indie
10 May 2010 | by huskiebluesSee all my reviews

I'm a sucker for films that defy categorisation, and this film certainly does that. It's a beautifully crafted British indie that favours story over convention. That said, the story is an archetypal journey: man leaves his hollow life, goes on a journey, and comes back full.

The cinematography is simple and beautiful, with the scenes in the French forest suitably magical. The performances are a curious blend between understated and outrageous. Great support from Marc Warren (to be expected) and John Last (who holds his own spectacularly next to Warren).

The film is bold in that the lead, Callum, isn't the most affable of protagonists, and his co- lead is quite irritating as a character. But she is HIS foil, not ours, and this is where the story wins over and doesn't fall into giving the audience stereotypes that we can all swoon over. It also makes Callum's reluctance to continue the journey all the more real.

It's a magical story that could easily make it a chick-flick, but doesn't (largely because of the brash masculinity and language of the male supports!) - this is a film that you need to see open minded, and without preconception. Then it is provocative and rewarding.

I hear it's been picking up festival wins, and it deserves every one. Can't wait to see it on general release.


0 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

UK

Language:

English | French | Breton

Release Date:

1 February 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Молятся ли слоны? See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page



Recently Viewed