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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Ricardo Darín
Jérémie Renier
Martina Gusman
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Directors
Pablo Trapero.
Screenwriters
Running Time
120 minutes

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White Elephant
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Plot
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.


Review
White Elephant
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.


Verdict
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.


Reviewed by David Parkinson

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