White Elephant Review

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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.


An impactful if dramatically conservative account of the efforts of priests Ricardo Darín and Jérémie Renier to minister to a Buenos Aires slum community in the face of gangland rivalries, police brutality and their own physical and psychological fragility.

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.