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The Weight of Elephants (2013)

The sensitive, bullied and lonely Adrian (10) is living with his grandmother and sick uncle. He finds a friendship with a new mysterious neighbor Nicole (10). Is she one of the abducted children that they keep talking about on TV?


Daniel Borgman (as Daniel Joseph Borgman)


Sonya Hartnett (novel), Daniel Borgman (adaptation) (as Daniel Joseph Borgman)
2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Demos Murphy Demos Murphy ... Adrian
Angelina Cottrell Angelina Cottrell ... Nicole
Catherine Wilkin ... Gran
Matthew Sunderland ... Uncle Rory
Finn Holden Finn Holden ... Clinton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anna Hewlett Anna Hewlett ... Nicole's Mother
Hannah Jones Hannah Jones ... Joely
Courtney Luskie Courtney Luskie ... Horse Girl
Bree Peters ... Miss Pryor
Sophie Roberts Sophie Roberts ... Aunt Martha
Steven Woller Steven Woller ... The Thin Man


Adrian, 10, a sensitive and lonely boy, abandoned by his mum at an early age to live with his grandmother and his sick uncle, finds meaning in an unlikely friendship with Nicole, 10, a crazy, mysterious outsider, who just moved in across the street and who just might be one of the abducted children that they keep talking about on the telly. Written by Anonymous

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Good stuff...
4 December 2014 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

Definitely a somewhat sentimental film just because of the subject matter and what actually happens in it, but definitely not made in a way that seems too forced or unrealistic. The child performances are extraordinarily good, so much so that it's really quite unbelievable that they were able to give these because of good direction. The aesthetic is also quite nice, and in many ways this did remind me of Let the Right One in. This is the kind of film that many might take to in incredible ways, and some others just will not. I liked it enough, not very original but still a rather sensitive, careful approach to the type of story. I hope it gets a release date or something like that,

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Release Date:

6 June 2013 (Denmark) See more »

Filming Locations:

Southland, New Zealand


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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