History Film / Elephant

21st Dec '16 4:51:46 PM ThePest179
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* BigBadDuumvirate: Alex and Eric are the two kids who shoot up their school.
27th Nov '16 10:14:16 AM ThePest179
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* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: Eric calls [[spoiler: the principal]] a bitch after shooting him.



* YouWillBeSpared: Subverted. Eric decides to spare the life of the principal as he has him at gunpoint, [[spoiler:only to kill him as he runs away]].

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* YouWillBeSpared: Subverted. [[spoiler:Subverted.]] Eric decides to spare the life of the principal as he has him at gunpoint, [[spoiler:only to kill him as he runs away]].
24th Nov '16 10:09:44 AM ThePest179
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* FreudianExcuse: The shooters were bullied pretty badly in school, and Eric implied that the teachers did nothing about this.



** Elias photographs the two shooters as they enter the library, instead of hiding or running away.



* KillEmAll: Out of all the characters introduced, [[spoiler:John]] seems to be one of only two that survives considering [[spoiler:he happened to be outside when he saw Alex and Eric enter, and tried to warn others to not go inside]]. The other is [[spoiler:Acadia]], who is almost killed [[spoiler:because she has a panic attack when the shooting starts, only to be led outside by Benny]].

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* KillEmAll: Out of all the characters introduced, [[spoiler:John]] seems to be one of only two that survives considering [[spoiler:he happened to be outside when he saw Alex and Eric enter, and tried to warn others to not go inside]]. The other is [[spoiler:Acadia]], who is almost killed [[spoiler:because she has a panic attack when the shooting starts, only to be led outside by Benny]]. It's also unknown what happened to [[spoiler:Alex]] at the end of the movie.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Eric lectures the principal about how he did nothing to prevent the bullying he and Alex went through and instead ignored their problems.



* YouWillBeSpared: Subverted. Eric decides to spare the life of a teacher as he has him at gunpoint, [[spoiler:only to kill him as he runs away]].

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* YouWillBeSpared: Subverted. Eric decides to spare the life of a teacher the principal as he has him at gunpoint, [[spoiler:only to kill him as he runs away]].
21st Nov '16 9:13:07 AM ThePest179
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* DramaticGunCock: Alex cocks his shotgun upon entering the library, pausing for a moment before opening fire.
18th Nov '16 3:52:57 PM ThePest179
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* TeamKiller: [[spoiler: Alex shoots Eric in cold blood.]]
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* PacManFever: The video games portrayed in the film seem to fit this trope.
%%* RippedFromTheHeadlines: needs context

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* PacManFever: The video games game portrayed in the film seem to fit this trope.
%%* * RippedFromTheHeadlines: needs contextThe movie is based largely off of the UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} massacre.


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* WheresTheKaboom: As part of the massacre, Alex and Eric plan to blow up parts of the school to cause maximum chaos. The bombs fail, so they settle for shooting random people.
30th Oct '16 9:49:10 AM TheDarkDuchess
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* KillEmAll: Out of all the characters introduced, [[spoiler:John]] seems to be the only one that survives considering [[spoiler:he happened to be outside when he saw Alex and Eric enter, and tried to warn others to not go inside]].

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* KillEmAll: Out of all the characters introduced, [[spoiler:John]] seems to be the one of only one two that survives considering [[spoiler:he happened to be outside when he saw Alex and Eric enter, and tried to warn others to not go inside]].inside]]. The other is [[spoiler:Acadia]], who is almost killed [[spoiler:because she has a panic attack when the shooting starts, only to be led outside by Benny]].
5th Jun '16 9:26:06 PM stuffedninja
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* YouWillBeSpared: Eric decides to spare the life of a teacher as he has him at gunpoint, [[spoiler:only to kill him as he runs away]].

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* YouWillBeSpared: Subverted. Eric decides to spare the life of a teacher as he has him at gunpoint, [[spoiler:only to kill him as he runs away]].
5th Jun '16 9:25:53 PM stuffedninja
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* YouWillBeSpared: Eric decides to spare the life of a teacher as he has him at gunpoint, [[spoiler:only to kill him as he runs away]].
5th Jun '16 12:10:34 PM stuffedninja
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Gus Van Sant based the movie on a short film made by Alan Clarke of the same name that was broadcast on the BBC in 1989. Clarke's film dealt with UsefulNotes/TheTroubles in Northern Ireland and was largely composed of tracking shots following gunmen as they assassinate targets. The title refers both to the old Jain parable of a group of blind men who each touch a different part of an elephant and then disagree on what they are feeling, and the idea of the {{Elephant In The Living Room}} (in this case the elephant being UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} and the true reasons for it).

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Gus Van Sant based the movie on a short film made by Alan Clarke of the same name that was broadcast on the BBC in 1989. Clarke's film dealt with UsefulNotes/TheTroubles in Northern Ireland and was largely composed of tracking shots following gunmen as they assassinate targets. The title refers both to the old Jain parable of a group of blind men who each touch a different part of an elephant and then disagree on what they are feeling, and the idea of the {{Elephant In The Living Room}} ElephantInTheLivingRoom (in this case the elephant being UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} and the true reasons for it).



This is the second film in Van Sant's [[ThematicSeries ''Death Trilogy'']]. The first was ''Film/{{Gerry}}'' and the third was ''Film/LastDays''.

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This is the second film in Van Sant's [[ThematicSeries ''Death Trilogy'']].''[[ThematicSeries Death Trilogy]]''. The first was ''Film/{{Gerry}}'' and the third was ''Film/LastDays''.



* AmbiguouslyGay: Alex and Eric shower together and make out, but whether this is out of pragmatic curiosity, or attraction or something else is ambiguous. One says that they've never even kissed anyone, and they kiss for a few minutes.

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* AmbiguouslyGay: Alex and Eric shower together and make out, but whether this is out of pragmatic curiosity, or attraction attraction, or something else is ambiguous. One says that they've never even kissed anyone, and they kiss for a few minutes.



* BlackDudeDiesFirst: [[spoiler:Inverted; Benny is one of the ''last'' people that we see killed.]]



* CameraFiend: Elias. He's characterized by his love for photography, but there's one really heinous moment that he tries to use his camera: [[spoiler:when he snaps a picture of Alex and Eric as they enter the library]].
* DarkIsEvil: Alex wears full black during the shooting, while Eric wears somewhat dark camouflage.



* DownerEnding: As the film is based on the Columbine Massacre, this is a ForegoneConclusion.

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* DownerEnding: As the film is based on the Columbine Massacre, massacre, this is a ForegoneConclusion.



* GirlPosse: Brittany, Jordan and Nicole.

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* GirlPosse: Brittany, Jordan Jordan, and Nicole.Nicole.
* HiddenDepths: There's one scene where we see Alex playing piano quite well.
* HuddleShot: A variant is done with Alex and Eric as they go through their strategy.



* {{Leitmotif}}: [[LudwigVanBeethoven Beethoven]]'s ''Moonlight Sonata''.
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler: Practically every character introduced ends up shot]]

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* {{Leitmotif}}: [[LudwigVanBeethoven [[Creator/LudwigVanBeethoven Beethoven]]'s ''Moonlight Sonata''.
''Fur Elise''.
* KilledMidSentence: [[spoiler:Michelle]] and [[spoiler:Eric]].
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler: Practically every character introduced ends up shot]]Out of all the characters introduced, [[spoiler:John]] seems to be the only one that survives considering [[spoiler:he happened to be outside when he saw Alex and Eric enter, and tried to warn others to not go inside]].



* TheOner: The film features a lot of long takes and tracking shots through the halls that are [[CreatorThumbprint essential to Van Sant's films]].

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* OnceMoreWithClarity: Lots of scenes are repeated but from the perspectives of different characters, showing them before and after certain exchanges.
* TheOner: The film features a lot of long takes and tracking shots through the halls that are [[CreatorThumbprint essential to Van Sant's films]].



* SeinfeldianConversation: Most conversations had by the teenagers aren't to do with the shooting. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] as they aren't aware of what's to come.
* ShaggyDogStory: Benny's part. He gets focus by having a chapter named after him but his story amounts to nothing. See below.
* TheStoic: The camera follows calm, muscular Benny as he helps Acadia and goes looking for the shooters, setting up viewer expectations that he can thwart them [[spoiler: only for him to round the corner and be shot point blank by Eric with no fuss or fanfare]]
* TeensAreMonsters: Played straight with the bullying of Alex, and the actual shootings, but also shown to be inaccurate regarding the majority of students, the purpose of Film/{{Elephant}} being to try to go deeper than clichés.
* TheUnreveal: Although many reasons are given (bullying, media, political affiliations) we ultimately don't know what Alex and Eric's motivations are.

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* SeinfeldianConversation: Most conversations had by the teenagers aren't to do with the shooting. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] as they aren't aware of what's to come.
* ShaggyDogStory: Benny's part. He gets focus by having a chapter named after him but his story amounts to nothing. See TheStoic below.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Alex plays ''Fur Elise'' on piano as we see Eric playing a violent video game, and the song is then played again over the credits after the horrific act is shown.
* TheStoic: The camera follows calm, muscular Benny as he helps Acadia and goes looking for the shooters, setting up viewer expectations that he can thwart them [[spoiler: only [[spoiler:only for him to round the corner and be shot point blank by Eric with no fuss or fanfare]]
fanfare.]]
* TeensAreMonsters: Played straight with the bullying of Alex, and the actual shootings, but also shown to be inaccurate regarding the majority of students, the purpose of Film/{{Elephant}} this movie being to try to go deeper than clichés.
* TheUnreveal: Although many reasons are given (bullying, media, political affiliations) affiliations), we ultimately don't know what Alex and Eric's motivations are.



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