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Elephant Song (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama | 26 February 2015 (Netherlands)
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A psychiatrist is drawn into a complex mind game when he questions a disturbed patient about the disappearance of a colleague.

Director:

Charles Binamé

Writers:

Nicolas Billon, Nicolas Billon (play)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Greenwood ... Dr. Toby Greene
Xavier Dolan ... Michael Aleen
Carrie-Anne Moss ... Olivia
Guy Nadon ... Dr. Craig Jones
Colm Feore ... Dr. James Lawrence
Catherine Keener ... Nurse Susan Peterson
Gianna Corbisiero ... Florence Da Costa
Cindy Sampson ... Christelle
Larry Day ... Sergeant Taylor
Melody Godin-Cormier Melody Godin-Cormier ... Amy Greene
Mark Donker Mark Donker ... Jakobus Aleen (as Marc Donker)
Matt Holland ... Bruce
Enrique Pérez-Mesa Enrique Pérez-Mesa ... Marcus
Ethan Bolduc Ethan Bolduc ... Michael, 5 Years Old
Germano Santana Germano Santana ... Michael, 7 Years Old
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It's January, 1966 at St. Christina's Psychiatric Hospital in Northwestern Ontario. Dr. Toby Greene and Nurse Susan Peterson are individually being interviewed by Dr. Craig Jones, one of the hospital's administrators, about the incident that occurred just before Christmas, the day that their colleague, Dr. James Lawrence, inexplicably did not show up for work. As Dr. Lawrence disappeared the day before during a session with one of his regular patients, a young man named Michael Aleen, the belief among some is that Michael may have had something to do with Dr. Lawrence's disappearance. That day, Dr. Greene took over Dr. Lawrence's patient-load, which included a session with Michael to try and discover if he indeed had some nefarious role in Dr. Lawrence's disappearance. Dr. Greene did not know Michael at all, and was unable to read his case file before meeting with Michael. Regardless, Dr. Greene believed he could read Michael and glean as much from his lies as from his truths. ... Written by Huggo

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Drama

Certificate:

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Xavier Dolan himself dubbed in the French language version. See more »

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Xavier Dolan !!
8 November 2015 | by cekadahSee all my reviews

Xavier Dolan carries this movie start to finish. And the ending is what this story is all about!

Dolan as Michael Aleen is brilliant in creating this character that is so compelling and deceitful he fools Dr. Green and nurse Petersen and the viewer into thinking he has the information they are seeking on Dr. Lawrence. What Dr. Green and nurse Petersen and the viewer do not realize is that Michael has one goal on this Christmas eve and thanks to an oversight by Dr. Green, Michael achieves his goal. And that is when we learn why he is in this mental hospital because his presents there is never really clearly defined throughout this story.

What a film! Xavier Dolan deserves more credit for his acting and directing. He is an overlooked talent that hopefully will be a big name in the movie world. But unfortunately real talent seldom makes a splash in Hollywood.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Canada

Language:

English | French | Italian | German | Latin

Release Date:

26 February 2015 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$171,505
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Mono

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