White Elephant
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In Villa Virgen, the poverty-stricken and dangerous slum in Buenos Aires, two deeply respected Catholic priests take very different paths in their struggle against violence, corruption and injustice.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"'White Elephant' throws us into the fray of an urban slum without in any way demonising or romanticising the theatre within which Trapero's meandering story unfolds."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Produced on a grand scale, this powerhouse of a movie recounts a true story with skill and artistry, highlighting an extremely volatile situation and the brave people who put themselves in the middle of it."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The drama is intense but fractured as Trapero shows how millions of poverty-stricken people live in his home country, and how a few brave people attempt to do something about it."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"A wellconstructed, genuinely thrilling drama about spiritual endurance and social commitment."
‑ Mark Asch, Little White Lies
"Writer/director Trapero arguably crams too much into the film's running time, but potent turns and Michael Nyman's yearning score are among the compensations."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
"[Trapero is] as thoughtful and perceptive a filmmaker as ever, using tools appropriate to the goal of drawing attention to systemic social ills."
‑ Sam Adams, AV Club
"The material is familiar, but the milieu is vividly realised ..."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"[A] potent drama about the lawless slums of Buenos Aires - it feels like The Mission with all exoticism firmly excised."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"A harrowing but overall enjoyable watch."
‑ Jennifer Tate, ViewLondon
"Trapero's film examines the real cost of a life of faith - the servanthood and the sacrifice - and is itself a long dark night of the soul, offering much to contemplate."
‑ Paul Gallagher, The List
"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."
‑ Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter
"An old-fashioned but satisfying drama."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"The film tries to do too much and its power is on a sliding scale downward, but at times it is ultra-vivid."
‑ Antonia Quirke, Financial Times
"There's a lot to think about - sacrifice, faith, poverty and much more - but it all feels too crammed into its running time, and is delivered in an uninspiring fashion."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"For all the competence and strength of Trapero's direction, the film is not as powerful as it might have been."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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