Inexplicably over-praised on its theatrical release and astonishingly awarded the Palme d'Or at Cannes ahead of Dogville and Mystic River, you rewatch Gus Van Sant's minimalist teen flick in the hope it will somehow justify such extravagant kudos. Unfortunately, no. Elephant remains an exercise in banality whose Columbine-style massacre, though expertly staged, takes place in a moral and political vacuum. Are the killers psychotic gay Nazis or symptoms of a wider social malaise? A good question the director fails to address, content merely to stalk his non-professional actors around the corridors of a typical American high school in puppyish thrall to their radiant youth.

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: August 1st 2004

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