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Elephants (2018)

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When a fiery young couple attempts to rekindle their relationship after three years apart, the highs and lows of their passion leave the pair wondering if nostalgia is enough to keep them together.

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Alex Hanno

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Alex Hanno
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Cast

Credited cast:
Luca Malacrino ... Lee Riley
Allison Blaize ... Kate Caldwell
Lauren Kelly Lauren Kelly ... Sandra Caldwell-Durkey
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aric Coppola Aric Coppola ... Uber Driver 2
Kelly V. Dolan ... Cassie Sullivan
Chris Jones ... Chuck Sullivan
Ben Mellish ... Waiter
Ruslan Safarov ... Russ
Nathan Shaw ... John Caldwell-Durkey
Nicola Tombacco ... Tim Daniels
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Storyline

A true indie film through and through, Elephants takes an authentic look at a modern relationship in a "slice of life" style, peeling away intimate layers to ask the question: how do you know when someone's right for you or rather, when it's time to move on? After a three year stint in prison, the charming but hot-headed Lee Riley returns to Los Angeles to win back the girlfriend he left behind, alluring and headstrong Kate Caldwell. Despite having moved on and grown into an independent woman, Kate agrees to let him stay while he looks for an apartment and soon enough, the pair falls back into their old patterns, losing themselves in an ardent relationship once more. Yet, as the free-spirited nature of their romance starts to tear down the life Kate has built, she finds herself losing her new identity but unable to let Lee go. Likewise, Lee starts to wonder if the buoyant memories from their past are preventing him from growing up and becoming something more.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 2018 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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The Chameleon Effect See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Moving, authentic, beautifully crafted
21 December 2018 | by directortim2012See all my reviews

When you think of romance or relationships depicted in film, invariably cliches pop to mind. Boy meets girl, Jennifer Aniston-cuteness, inevitable bliss. To quote the film Annie Hall, "If only life were like this."

Elephants is about love, but it eschews such simplistic cliches and instead gives us a look at a relationship that feels authentic and lived in. There's such a wonderfully complicated mix of emotions between the characters in this film. That's the norm in life, but not in the movies... where we often go to avoid life's pain rather than confront it. But Elephants doesn't shirk from that complex reality but embraces it. Which makes not just for good entertainment, but makes this film art. Something one rarely finds in film.

There's joy here, laughter. But also genuine sadness. And there's real craftsmanship to the filmmaking. Beautifully shot, well acted, with great music. Writer-Director Alex Hanno is a sure hand behind the camera. With work like Elephants, we have a real artist to watch in the years ahead.

Bravo to Elephants!


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