White Elephant Reviews

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April 24, 2013
'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.
March 28, 2013
[Trapero is] as thoughtful and perceptive a filmmaker as ever, using tools appropriate to the goal of drawing attention to systemic social ills.
May 22, 2012
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.
February 25, 2019
With the help of two stand-out performances -- from both Darín and Renier -- White Elephant manages to engage and educate its audience in a heartfelt, if noisy, manner.
January 27, 2019
Although it's an inherently truthful social drama, it contains just enough in genre machinations to help it break out of any potentially preachy, didactic confine.
October 31, 2017
The cinematography recalls the ground-breaking City Of God, from Brazil, but Trapero's film has a more spiritual element, being about the work of two priests trying to broker peace between warring drug cartels.
May 3, 2013
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.
April 28, 2013
The material is familiar, but the milieu is vividly realised ...
April 26, 2013
An old-fashioned but satisfying drama.
April 26, 2013
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.
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