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White Elephant

Director: Pablo Trapero

Country:  Argentina

Year of Production:  2012

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Synopsis

A powerful and gripping story from Argentina, WHITE ELEPHANT follows the lives of two maverick Catholic priests, a community worker and their desperate attempts to save the poverty stricken and warring factions of Buenos Aires’ infamous slum community from certain destruction. Inspired by (and dedicated to) the work of the late Father Carlos Mugica, WHITE ELEPHANT examines the fine line between good and evil and how, in the final analysis, what we choose to fight for in life will ultimately define us.

From leading Argentinean director Pablo Trapero ('Carancho', 'Lion’s Den') and starring Ricardo Darín (star of Oscar-winning 'The Secret in Their Eyes', 'Carancho'), Jérémie Renier ('Potiche', 'In Bruges') and Martina Gusman ('Carancho' and multi award-winning star of 'Lion's Den'). Featuring an epic score by multi-award winning composer Michael Nyman.


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Cast

Starring: 

Ricardo Darín, Martina Gusman, Jérémie Renier

Credits

Director: Pablo Trapero

Writer(s): 

Alejandro Fadel, Martín Mauregui, Santiago Mitre, Pablo Trapero

Producers: 

Juan Gordon, Pablo Trapero, Juan Pablo Galli, Juan Vera, Alejandro Cacetta

Music: 

Michael Nyman

Production Details

Country:  Argentina

Year of Production:  2012

Language:  Spanish

Subtitles: 

  • English

Duration:  110 minutes

Genre(s): 

  • Drama

Theatrical Release Date:  April 26th 2013

DVD Release Date:  July 22nd 2013

Reviews

Mark Kermode, Kermode & Mayo's Film Review, BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

"FILM OF THE WEEK
vibrant…life-affirming...a very fine drama and I admired and liked it very much
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Mark Kermode, Kermode & Mayo's Film Review, BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

Philip French, The Observer

"excellent, hard-hitting...vividly realized."

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Philip French, The Observer

Robbie Collin, DAILY TELEGRAPH

"a scorchingly paced, thrillingly mounted drama"

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Robbie Collin, DAILY TELEGRAPH

Derek Malcolm, EVENING STANDARD

"four stars score a film the new Pope should certainly see!"

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Derek Malcolm, EVENING STANDARD

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Donald Clarke, THE IRISH TIMES

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Paul Gallagher, THE LIST

"unique and impressive...a rich and satisfying character study… Darin and Renier are both terrific…"

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Paul Gallagher, THE LIST

Tim Robey, DAILY TELEGRAPH

"Pablo Trapero is on top form..."

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Tim Robey, DAILY TELEGRAPH

Mike McCahill, METRO

"engrossing."

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Mike McCahill, METRO

Mark Asch, LITTLE WHITE LIES

"A well-constructed, genuinely thrilling drama about spiritual endurance and social commitment"

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Mark Asch, LITTLE WHITE LIES

Mark Adams, SUNDAY MIRROR

"powerful and engaging"

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Mark Adams, SUNDAY MIRROR

Malcolm Lewis, NEW INTERNATIONALIST

"superbly real"

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Malcolm Lewis, NEW INTERNATIONALIST

Carmen Gray, DAZED DIGITAL

"tense, emotionally devastating drama"

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Carmen Gray, DAZED DIGITAL

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