• R Stefaniuk

    ★★★★ Added by R Stefaniuk

    completely unique and captivating. not for the faint of heart. captures pointlessness but is not shallow (i'm looking at you, sofia coppola's later films)

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  • stevenedwards

    ★★★★ Watched by stevenedwards 23 Apr, 2015

    An unsettling, haunting and disturbing look at a Columbine-like school shooting that will get under your skin and stay there for a while. Van Sant makes a lot of risky decisions in his process of filming that prove to be highly effective, such as giving this an almost documentary feel to it, releasing the film from "movie moments" and instead forcing the viewer to almost like an accomplice and victim at the same time. The long takes employed help in…

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  • Niels Steinmeier

    ★★★½ Watched by Niels Steinmeier 17 Apr, 2015

    Heard about this on the danish podcast, Filmsnak.
    Sounded interesting, so I gave it a shot (no pun intended).
    A really scarry and disturbiing film, made – if you can say that about a film with such a horrific subject – very beautifully and elegant.
    Comprised of loads of long-takes, all intertwining with each other. As you follow several students go about their daily school-life day.

    Very recommendable... and I'm not spoiling anything by saying that you shouldn't expect a happy ending.

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  • Arianne Saga

    ★★★★★ Watched by Arianne Saga 03 Jan, 2015

    DO NOT WATCH IF EMOTIONALLY UNSTABLE

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  • Etan Weisfogel

    Watched by Etan Weisfogel 11 Apr, 2015

    An incredibly difficult film to evaluate: it's clearly the work of a talented filmmaker who seems to have some sort of agenda, but every thread leads to a dead end. I guess he's simply trying to portray a "regular day" that turns tragic, but that seems disingenuous to me; the way Van Sant shoots the film with such import makes it feel like we're supposed to find some greater meaning in following these kids around. And the way he jumbles…

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  • Reece Leonard

    ★★★★ Watched by Reece Leonard 11 Apr, 2015

    Van Sant's vouyeristic gaze robs the events in the film of their drama, and rightfully so; to approach this kind of material in any other way would be inappropriate and exploitative. The violence on display is presented as it would be seen in real life, the characters normal teenagers dealing with real issues that drive some to act impulsively and irrationally. This brand of filmmaking isn't for everyone, but if you give yourself over to the experience, you'll gain a…

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  • Kerlebaby

    ½ Watched by Kerlebaby 12 Apr, 2015

    Wrong medium imo. This works as a book or short story but this movie only contains a simple little message that's just not filling 80 minutes.

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  • Ace Gunner

    ★★★★ Added by Ace Gunner

    cool movie worth a watch

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  • mattmav45

    ★★½ Watched by mattmav45 07 Apr, 2015

    In many ways, this is the ying to the Dazed and Confused yang.

    Films that chronicle a single day in time are nothing new. In a film such as this it is crucial that the viewer feels that the situations and characters within are real. The film does achieve this much, and as such, I would typically throw out a "Thankfully for the viewer, such is very much the case here." However, in this case I can't help but think…

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  • kcota17

    Watched by kcota17 06 Apr, 2015

    At the time of writing this review, I am unable to decide if Elephant is a "great" film or not. It is a risky undertaking and for a director to even conceive this film and try to make it work is noble in itself. However, while watching this film, I had two different sets of feelings battling it out inside of me.

    One set told me that this was a major achievement in the art of filmmaking. Van Sant sets…

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  • Junior Andrade

    ★★★★½ Watched by Junior Andrade 26 Mar, 2015

    With a flawless direction and long elegant sequence shots, this film moves in a perfect pace, slow and careful, following and observing the characters prior to an impending tragedy. Unforgettable.

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  • Matthew L. Brady

    ★★★★★ Watched by Matthew L. Brady 24 Mar, 2015 1

    Don't let the title fool you. The movie doesn't have elephant in it, but it has a deep meaning to it that will make your feel like mash after thinking about it to long.

    The story is about high school violence that unfolds on an ordinary school day, inside an American high school, filled with schoolwork, football, gossip and socializing. For each of the students we meet, high school is a different experience: stimulating, friendly, traumatic, lonely, hard.

    Elephant is…

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