White Elephant Reviews

  • Sep 03, 2016

    Heftige en indrukwekkende film over twee priesters in krottenwijk van Buenos Aires.

    Heftige en indrukwekkende film over twee priesters in krottenwijk van Buenos Aires.

  • Apr 02, 2016

    Well-produced; dramatic and realistic.

    Well-produced; dramatic and realistic.

  • Jun 20, 2015

    good drama i dont think doc though

    good drama i dont think doc though

  • Carlos M Super Reviewer
    Jun 18, 2015

    Trapero delivers another hard-hitting drama with many wonderful long takes and Darín in a fantastic performance (as usual), depicting without concessions a hard reality where faith and commitment seem futile in a society dominated by an endemic neglect and lack of care.

    Trapero delivers another hard-hitting drama with many wonderful long takes and Darín in a fantastic performance (as usual), depicting without concessions a hard reality where faith and commitment seem futile in a society dominated by an endemic neglect and lack of care.

  • Walter M Super Reviewer
    Nov 30, 2014

    After barely surviving a village massacre, Father Nicolas(Jeremie Renier) returns to the city slums to rejoin Father Julian(Ricardo Darin) in his continuing work that goes beyond just their ecclesiastical duties. So, while the residents work on constructing their own housing, the priests get to handle the bureaucracy, aided by Luciana(Martina Gusman). Proving once and for all that nothing can compare to location work, "White Elephant" seeks to tell a moving story about martyrdom in South America, while honoring a real life martyr at the same time. Even with some exquisite tracking shots, the fact that the movie is not as successful as it could have been is down primarily to its being more focused on Nicolas than on Julian, the more interesting of the two priests. Plus, while Jeremie Renier is certainly not chopped liver, compared to the great Ricardo Darin, one is free to choose whatever lunch meat metaphor wants.

    After barely surviving a village massacre, Father Nicolas(Jeremie Renier) returns to the city slums to rejoin Father Julian(Ricardo Darin) in his continuing work that goes beyond just their ecclesiastical duties. So, while the residents work on constructing their own housing, the priests get to handle the bureaucracy, aided by Luciana(Martina Gusman). Proving once and for all that nothing can compare to location work, "White Elephant" seeks to tell a moving story about martyrdom in South America, while honoring a real life martyr at the same time. Even with some exquisite tracking shots, the fact that the movie is not as successful as it could have been is down primarily to its being more focused on Nicolas than on Julian, the more interesting of the two priests. Plus, while Jeremie Renier is certainly not chopped liver, compared to the great Ricardo Darin, one is free to choose whatever lunch meat metaphor wants.

  • Jul 11, 2014

    Genial película de Pablo Trapero con la actuación de Ricardo Darín. Se trata de un grandìsimo hospital abandonado, convertido en un refugio de marginales. Un cura tratarà de salvar de la droga y el crimen a la gente, pero se enfrenta con una sociedad decadente, injusta, corrupta y peligrosa. Film bastante duro

    Genial película de Pablo Trapero con la actuación de Ricardo Darín. Se trata de un grandìsimo hospital abandonado, convertido en un refugio de marginales. Un cura tratarà de salvar de la droga y el crimen a la gente, pero se enfrenta con una sociedad decadente, injusta, corrupta y peligrosa. Film bastante duro

  • May 14, 2014

    Emotive social/spiritual drama.

    Emotive social/spiritual drama.

  • Jan 16, 2014

    A relatively slow and subdued attempt to show the stresses of religious belief and the realities of working in a poor neighbourhood within the church structure.

    A relatively slow and subdued attempt to show the stresses of religious belief and the realities of working in a poor neighbourhood within the church structure.

  • Jan 15, 2014

    Predictable and very boring

    Predictable and very boring

  • Jan 14, 2014

    I never heard of this film before, apparently it was released very limited, which is a pity, because it is a good film. It is gritty, brutal, and very well made. Not perfect, but I like it.

    I never heard of this film before, apparently it was released very limited, which is a pity, because it is a good film. It is gritty, brutal, and very well made. Not perfect, but I like it.