DVD Release: White Elephant

DVD Release Date: April 2, 2013
Price: DVD $27.99
Studio: Strand Releasing


White ElephantCritically acclaimed, foreign movie White Elephant was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival, as well as others.

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.

Check out the  intense trailer for White Elephant:

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About Sam Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.