Students at a suburban high school drift through a seemingly uneventful day, until two arrive with sinister intentions. A semi-improvised exploration of how violence makes its way into a typical American high school that won the Best Director and the Palme d’Or at 2003 Cannes Film Festival.
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Probably the closest anyone will ever get to making sense of Columbine, simply because it doesn't try to make sense of it. To call it irresponsible is to be blind not only to that, but to the meaning of the real-life shootings and their aftermath. The lack of real actors can be distracting, but it's better than the alternative. This is the only high school I've ever seen on film that felt real.
A great, Great film. Very sobering. The film exacted such a wide range of emotions from me; it's so tranquil and solemn but also very brutal and painful. The ending is one of the most unnerving sequences ever put to film.
If Kubrick had lived another decade and done a film based upon a Columbine type school shooting incident, it would have been very similar in style and content to Elephant. An excellent film that is very close to being a masterpiece, albeit flawed by Van Sant's rather fumbling and unnecessary tacking on of homosexuality into the storyline (as he does with most of his films). 4.5 stars.
Van Sant no juzga ni victimiza y en esa decisión encuentra un modo posible de mostrar lo impensado. La violencia circula por los pasillos al igual que el resto de las acciones cotidianas del colegio y ese gesto amplifica el problema sin subrayarlo: ¿es que nadie notaba que ésto iba a suceder? La inteligente austeridad de la pelicula es tal que que ni siquiera parece preguntarse nada, aunque nos deja llenos de dudas.
Aesthetically, it's impressive. But this is a film that should be about people; it intends to be about real people, but what it gives us instead are hollow, cold, insulting clichés. The jock? The popular girl? The nerdy loser? I would expect a little more thought from anyone making a film about Columbine. I'm beginning to think it is impossible for anyone to commit a realistic view of highschool to celluloid.
It's very experimental and takes many liberties. That, I feel, turns off many people. However, it enhances the viewing for me. The long tracking shots create a monotonous atmosphere, and it works because it establishes these kids' daily lives. The format was awesome, recreating many of the same moments many times, each adding a little something.
Elephant, is a superb examination of incidents before and during a school shooting tragedy (based on columbine), it is appalling to know and realise how a normal day in people's lives who were involved turned into a nightmare.Instead of focusing depply on how's, why's or the aftermath, Gus Van Sant creates a mood that a usual day in anybody's life bears and lets the events uncover by themselves. simple yet effective.