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Sixteen years after adopting Flora, a 10,000-pound elephant that is the main attraction of a St. Louis circus, trainer David Balding resolves to return his beloved beast to a more natural home. This documentary follows Balding as he investigates suitable new habitats, journeying from Botswana to Miami and Tennessee. Though he eventually finds a sanctuary for the elephant, all is not well, as the new owners exercise their rights to keep Balding away from Flora.

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Critic Reviews for One Lucky Elephant

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (1)

  • Simple enough to delight a child and complex enough to baffle a philosopher.

    August 18, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • How affected are these animals by the physical pain of being trained or by childhood trauma? Can they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder? What can trigger that if they can? All these questions are raised and, quite appropriately, left open.

    June 23, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • What begins as a simple man-and-his-pachyderm love story ends up encompassing unexpected levels of trauma and sacrifice.

    June 22, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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    June 13, 2011 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…
  • Both illuminates the bond that can form between humans and animals and also reminds us that we can never quite leap over the gulf of comprehension that lies between us and other species.

    June 12, 2011
  • While its story is inherently bittersweet, the movie has many charming moments. After all, it's about one smart elephant.

    June 9, 2011 | Full Review…

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  • Jun 02, 2011
    A remarkable documentary about a man an his elephant, a decade spanning love story between circus master David Balding and his elephant, Flora, who after 16 years realizes that she no longer enjoys performing. So he sets out to find a new home for her, a task that is more difficult than he could have ever imagined. Thoughtfully examines the plight of animals in captivity and the bond between human and animal. This is a moving real life WATER FOR ELEPHANTS.
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