After a minor vacation in mainstream cinema, with adroitefforts such as Psycho and Good Will Hunting, acclaimed directorGus Van Sant returns to the low-key aesthetics of hisrector early work (Mala Noche, Drugstore Cowboy et al). Clearlyaffected by the Columbine massacre of April 1999, Elephantdocuments, in a disturbingly naturalistic fashion, how twoteenagers – Eric and Alex – in a prosperous Portlandsuburb, make plans for an armed ambush of the school.Van Sant unveils his story leisurely, unjudgmentally andwithout devoting himself to moral education vis-à-vis hisaudience. On the contrary, he accounts for Eric and Axel’splanning of this veritable blood bath in great detail: drawingup working diagrams of the school facilities, ordering riflesover the Internet, and other such administrative measures.It is here that one can discern Elephant’s only seed ofideological commentary – the fact that the two boys are bothfascinated by Nazi iconography and enjoy violent videogames (as well as one or two homo-erotic experiments –this is, after all, a Gus Van Sant movie). But the director,luckily, never tries to explain the fundamental origins of evil.Instead he has created a film that raises questions that arenot, for any one of us, easily retreated from.Jan Mattsson

Titel
Elephant
Regissör
Gus van Sant
Längd
81 min
Festival
2003
Sektion
American Independents
Språk
English
Produktionsår
2003
Skådespelare
Alex Frost,Eric Duelen,Matt Malloy
Producent
Dany Wolf
Manus
Gus van Sant

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