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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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Pablo Trapero
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Credited cast:
Ricardo Darín ... Julián
Jérémie Renier ... Nicolás (as Jeremie Renier)
Martina Gusman ... Luciana
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Miguel Arancibia Miguel Arancibia ... Capataz
Diego Baretta Diego Baretta ... Franciscano
Federico Barga Federico Barga ... Monito (as Federico Benjamin Barga)
Esteban Díaz Esteban Díaz ... Chato
Pablo Gatti Pablo Gatti ... Sandoval
Walter Jakob Walter Jakob ... Cruz
Mauricio Minetti Mauricio Minetti ... Cruz (as Mauricio Sergio Minetti)
Raul Ramos Raul Ramos ... Obispo
Susana Varela Susana Varela ... Carmelita
Julio Zarza Julio Zarza ... 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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When faith is not enough, we must act.

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Priest Julian's dedication the Villa residents bears a striking resemblance to real life Priest of the Villa Carlos Mugica. Although born into a well off middle class family, Mugica emphasized with the poor in Argentina particularly in Buenos Aires. He preached liberation theology to Villa residents and is hailed as a Third World priest similar to Oscar Romero from El Salvador. Mugica also supported both spiritually and unapologetically the liberation struggles of the poor and revolution students. His political alignment to left wing radical politics (revolutionary) in the 1960s and continued work among the villas miserias, accumulated in his assassination in 1975. See more »

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Reality hits hard.
15 October 2012 | by kevinsl1991See 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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Release Date:

17 May 2012 (Argentina) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$5,098, 31 March 2013

Gross USA:

$8,884

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,387,907
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