Elephant (2003, USA) C-81m. ** D: Gus Van Sant. Starring Alex Frost, Eric Deulen, John Robinson, Elias McConnell, Jordan Taylor, Carry Finklea, Timothy Bottoms. Examination of a school shooting as seen through the eyes of various characters. Non-linear narrative is much like that of PULP FICTION (1994), but offers little in terms of motives and explanations. Interesting throughout, despite minute-long, seemingly pointless sequences, with which director Van Sant tries to plunge the viewer into a typical school day at an average high school. Ultimately, his criticism comes a year too late, after Michael Moore's scathing BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE (2002). Still took a Palm D'Or at Cannes.

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