White Elephant (2013)
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In Villa Virgen, the poverty-stricken and dangerous slum in Buenos Aires, two deeply respected Catholic priests take very different paths in their struggle against violence, corruption and injustice.
Mar 1, 2013 Limited
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'White Elephant' throws us into the fray of an urban slum without in any way demonising or romanticising the theatre within which Trapero's meandering story unfolds.
[Trapero is] as thoughtful and perceptive a filmmaker as ever, using tools appropriate to the goal of drawing attention to systemic social ills.
Michael Nyman's sweepingly majestic score lends an epic dimension, which feels right alongside the straight-forward passion depicted by an evenly balanced, top-drawer cast.
Produced on a grand scale, this powerhouse of a movie recounts a true story with skill and artistry, highlighting an extremely volatile situation and the brave people who put themselves in the middle of it.
The drama is intense but fractured as Trapero shows how millions of poverty-stricken people live in his home country, and how a few brave people attempt to do something about it.
[A] potent drama about the lawless slums of Buenos Aires - it feels like The Mission with all exoticism firmly excised.
The film tries to do too much and its power is on a sliding scale downward, but at times it is ultra-vivid.
A wellconstructed, genuinely thrilling drama about spiritual endurance and social commitment.
There's a lot to think about - sacrifice, faith, poverty and much more - but it all feels too crammed into its running time, and is delivered in an uninspiring fashion.
Writer/director Trapero arguably crams too much into the film's running time, but potent turns and Michael Nyman's yearning score are among the compensations.
Trapero's film examines the real cost of a life of faith - the servanthood and the sacrifice - and is itself a long dark night of the soul, offering much to contemplate.
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