Film / The Green Elephant

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It's all like that, except the parts that are worse. Much worse.

The Green Elephant (Зелёный Слоник) is a Russian arthouse gore/splatter film. It tells a story of two unnamed junior officers of the Russian army, court-martialled into a basement, with unfortunate consequences. Not just exploring themes of humiliation, army violence, suicide and coprophilia, but actually showing these things in close up, it's forbidden in its home country from mainstream distribution circuits, but not from film festivals. Nevertheless, it can be easily found on YouTube. However, the main appeal of this movie is not as much in its graphic disgustingness as it is in its weird dialogue and absurdist humor, which is mostly Lost in Translation. For this reason the film gained notoriety, and somewhat of a cult following, in Russian internet, particularly imageboards. Quotes and monologues from the film are often used as copypasta.

Contains examples of:

  • Arc Words: "Моча какая-то" ("like urine or something") is said twice by Yepifantsev and once by the Captain
  • Asshole Victim: The Captain.
  • Cluster F-Bomb
  • Corpsing: The cinematographer (or, as it's a No Budget production, just the guy holding the camcorder) can be heard snickering at some of the lines several times.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The captain gets raped and dissected for repeatedly abusing the detained officers.
  • Fetish Retardant: Invoked in Pakhom's story about his first time.
  • Gorn: Towards the end, the Captain is repeatedly sexually assaulted by Officer #1 in between having pieces of his face bitten off. Then the Officer disembowels him, rips open his throat, and tears out his windpipe.
  • Euroshlock
  • Evil Gloating: The captain lecturing Pakhom/Officer #2 on Japanese warplanes. It's more evil than it sounds.
  • Farm Boy: Pakhom, of a twisted kind.
  • IKEA Erotica: Pakhom's story of his first time.
  • Large Ham: The guard/"colonel", with his tirades on the degradation of the Russian army. Officer #1 has his moments too.
  • Le Film Artistique
  • Locked in a Room
  • Nameless Narrative: None of the characters is ever named within the work. Outside the work, names of actors and military titles are often used.
    • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Outside of work Yepifantsev and Pakhom are also usually referred to by nicknames they give each other - "Bratishka" ("Bro") and "Poyehavshiy" ("Nutcase") respectively.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: "Colonel" again. Not only his appearances are shot in deliberate monochrome, his speech is much more theatrical and hammy as opposed to mundane swearing of other characters, but he also wears a head full of curly hair, which is unrealistic for his apparently low military rank.
  • Precision F-Strike: Although characters swear constantly, some of their epithets are very precise.
    • "Охуительная история" "Fucking amazing story".
  • Rape as Drama: Well, they were probably going for drama.
  • Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic: Completely averted.
  • Russians with Rusting Rockets
  • Sanity Slippage: Yepifantsev/Officer #1. The Guard/Colonel too.
  • Seinfeldian Conversation: Oodles of it. When the movie isn't Squick, it's this.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: Yepifantsev and Pakhom.
  • Tempting Fate: In the beginning, Yepifantsev / Officer #1 worries that water dropping from sewage tubes will drive him crazy. It is the last thing to worry about.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Subverted, Pakhom / Officer #2 is the only one who survives at the end.
  • Tragic Dream: "Colonel's" dream of becoming an actual colonel.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "cone" / "lump."
  • Unwanted Assistance: Pakhom genuinely cares for his newfound friend and is ready to cheer him up with his amazing stories. He is also ready to sacrifice his last slice of "sweet bread" for his friend. Sadly, Yepifantsev does not appreciate it.
  • Word Salad Title: Almost Makes Sense In Context. There is an eponymous song in the movie, although why the elephant is green, and what the song has to do with anything other in the movie, is never explained.

I'm fucking fed up with your stories, I can't listen to them anymore. One story is more fucking amazing than another. About tropes, about some other shit, squick, the fuck are you talking about? Can you shut up? Became popular on image boards — gained cult following. The fuck? What are you talking about? Shit.
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