DVD Release Date: April 2, 2013
Price: DVD $27.99
Studio: Strand Releasing
The drama film stars Ricardo Darin (The Secret in Their Eyes) and Jeremie Renier (Atonement) as Julian and Nicolas, priests working to help the local poor people in the slums of Buenos Aires. Julian is working hard to build a hospital, and Nicolas joins the project after another project he was working on failed when paramilitary forces killed members of the community.
Troubled, Nicolas finds peace with Luciana (Martina Gusman, Carancho), an atheist social worker. As his beliefs wane, tension and violence grows between drug-dealing cartels in the slums, and when a ministerial decree stops work on the hospital, the faith of the community is tested.
White Elephant didn’t hit theaters in the U.S. but was screened in the AFI Los Angeles, BFI London, Toronto, Haifa and San Sebastian, and Cannes film festivals, garnering praise from critics. Hollywood Reporter‘s Deborah Young wrote, “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.”
The DVD doesn’t have any special features, except some trailers, but this film is the prize for lovers of foreign drama.
The movie is unrated but contains mature subject matter.
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