Mumbling slacker-cool teens, a high-school massacres, killers gay-kissing in a shower – Gus Van Sant’s ‘Elephant’ (2003) was always bound to stir up controversy but it also stirred critical acclaim in Europe where it won the Palm d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
A response to the Columbine Massacre, the film follows a fateful high-school day from several points of view, re-circling over the same events from different perspectives. While the slowly drifting pace may frustrate some, the film won plaudits for his unglamorous almost mundane treatment of violence – As Roger Ebert said “Gus Van Sant has made an anti-violence film by draining violence of energy, purpose, glamor, reward and social context.”
The film was mostly cast with newcomers but what became of those teen amateurs?
Find out after the jump!