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The Elephant King (2006)



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Seth Grossman's psychological drama The Elephant King concerns two brothers who have very different outlooks on life. Jake Hunt is a scientist working in Thailand who, dissatisfied with much of his life, does little work and lives his life in a state of great excess. He invites his younger brother, Oliver, to visit. Even though the two have a strained relationship, Oliver accepts as he has been suffering from a severe depression. Oliver joins Jake in nights of excess, and falls in love with a girl whom Jake is paying to be nice to Oliver. As the threesome heads toward a tragic conclusion, each brother questions his own motivations for his actions. The Elephant King had its world premiere at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.more
Rating: R (for sexual content, drug use, language and some violence)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Seth Grossman
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On DVD: Oct 20, 2009
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Tate Ellington
as Oliver Hunt
Jonno Roberts
as Jake Hunt
Ellen Burstyn
as Diana Hunt
Josef Sommer
as Bill Hunt
Joe Cummings
as Drug Dealer
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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

erhaps a bit of star power, or at least less generic actors in the leads, might have given these underdeveloped siblings more credence or appeal.

Full Review… | October 24, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Director-writer Seth Grossman provides a lazy narrative, with stereotypical characters and plot. You just know what's going to happen, although the statuesque Faivre might take your mind off the shortcomings.

Full Review… | October 17, 2008
New York Post
Top Critic

There is in fact an elephant in The Elephant King, but his keepers are far from royal.

Full Review… | October 17, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

Na´vetÚ drives the characters and the filmmaking -- a lethal combination for a movie that's desperate to come across as world-weary and wise.

Full Review… | October 15, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Equivalent to a crummy band with a monster of a drummer who convinces you to stay for the whole show anyways.

Full Review… | October 15, 2008
Village Voice
Top Critic

...ultimately unable to live up to the relatively promising nature of its setup.

Full Review… | February 4, 2010
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