White Elephant
White Elephant (2013)

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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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 1, 2013
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

'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.

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Jason Solomons
The Mail on Sunday (UK)

The cinematography recalls the ground-breaking City Of God, from Brazil, but Trapero's film has a more spiritual element, being about the work of two priests trying to broker peace between warring drug cartels.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

An old-fashioned but satisfying drama.

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Sam Adams
AV Club

[Trapero is] as thoughtful and perceptive a filmmaker as ever, using tools appropriate to the goal of drawing attention to systemic social ills.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

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.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

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.

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Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter

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.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

The material is familiar, but the milieu is vividly realised ...

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

[A] potent drama about the lawless slums of Buenos Aires - it feels like The Mission with all exoticism firmly excised.

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Carlos Magalhăes
Trapero delivers another hard-hitting drama with many wonderful long takes and Darín in a fantastic performance (as usual), depicting without concessions a hard… More
Walter M.
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The Movie Waffler
Julian (Darin) and Nicolas (Renier) are two priests who, along with social worker Luciana (Gusman), work tirelessly to improve the lives of the inhabitants of… More