Gus Van Sant's Elephant follows a group of high-schoolers through a seemingly normal and mundane day. And it is, up until a school massacre –clearly inspired by Columbine– erupts. And I really think it works. Instead of being forced emotional it just simple and mundane until tragedy strikes you suddenly and with little warning. It reminds how quickly and out of nowhere tragedy happens.
I am also a big fan of minimalistic movies with long takes. Elephant has a lot of them.
A truly unsettling, and disturbing piece - the film recreates the Columbine massacre in a way that I would have thought impossible. The atmosphere that is created throughout the film establishes a truly unique, and deep aroma towards the events that are unfolding infront of you.
I went into watching this film without actually knowing what the film was about, and it was at the point at which Alex, and Eric go into the school carrying duffle bags was it…
Not a lot happens in the film's first hour, but Van Sant and DP Harris Savides make the act of following a student walking down a hallway into a beautiful, even reverent experience. Shooting largely in shallow focus, the film's characters seem to be enshrined in light as they go about their routines, lending them an almost saintly appearance - even as they engage in the most mundane and earthly sort of interactions. Despite the minimalist approach to scene and…
En 1999, en un instituto de Columbine (Colorado, Estados Unidos), dos estudiantes perpetraron una masacre que dejó numerosas víctimas mortales y heridos. Tras el trágico incidente, la gente se pregunta cómo es posible que existan este tipo de sucesos. Comienza la búsqueda de culpables: los videojuegos, la falta de seguridad, la educación, la venta de armas... Pero en 'Elephant', Gus Van Sant no busca nada de eso. El director norteamericano tampoco ofrece un producto audiovisual que se recrea en el…
Interesting how Gus Van Sant got so deep into the characters and the tragedy itself just by following them and showing the facts, without judgments.
What I learned:
SCHOOL SHOOTINGS R SCARY, HUH GUISE?
interesante interaccion viendo la profundidad de los estudiantes y
sus verdaderos secretos y cosas que hacen se ven como es la verdad
de ca uno de ellos que esta bien interactuado
Loosely based on Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold of the Columbine Massacre, Gus Van Sant, 'Last Days, 2005' and 'Milk, 2008' however executes the movie like a flowing stream of dreams made of glass with water running over it - from a million different angles; same tragic dreamlike visuals.
'Get out of here, this shit is going down', one of the shooters to the blonde guy on the poster who he is friends with.
Disturbing, messed up yet engaging from start to finish.
Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent. - IMDB
Knowing the premise of this film, there's a slow build of tension and anticipation, something that the majority of it's characters didn't have the perspective of at all. It builds and builds as we meet all the characters doing their every day activities within the school.
That tension that fills up is slowly released, quite disappointingly when the film does…
Having experiences a school shooting situation in my years of American public education and felt the silent terror, ominous air of purposefully held breaths and confusing sense of knowing something was wrong somewhere I can't tell you just how right Gus Van Sant's direction is.