Elephant – 2003 – Gus Van Sant

ele.jpgBy macabre coincidence Elephant came through my letter box on the same day as the Finnish school shooting. Columbine High School is the obvious reference point for Van Sant’s deeply voyeuristic portrayal of a school massacre. With the over the shoulder camera shots and non linear narrative, Elephant draws you inside the disturbing corridors of adolescent nihilism. Bleak but oddly beautiful. JJ


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