The Weight of Elephants

Dir.: Daniel Joseph Borgman | Denmark, New Zealand, Germany, France 2013 | 83 min

11-year-old Adrian does not have many bright moments in his life. His parents have left him, he lives with his grandmother and sick uncle, and he is being bullied at school. At the same time, three children in the neighbouring town have disappeared, and Adrian's otherwise so creative and imaginative uncle gets more and more ill. In the spirit of Lynne Ramsay's 'Ratcatcher' and the Gabriele Salvatores' 'I'm Not Scared', the big and strange world is seen through the eyes of a child, as Adrian seeks refuge in the fantasies and daydreams that he finds in nature, its sounds, smells and lights. He plays on his own in the neighbourhood until he one day makes friends with his new neighbour, Nicole, a wild and unusual girl of his age with a mysterious past. Even if the film takes place in New Zealand, where the director Daniel Borgman comes from, the majority of the film's crew is Danish. In spite of its almost unbearable reality, the film is imbued with a raw sensitivity, poetry and visual zest that is rarely seen in Danish cinema. A beautiful film about hope - and lack thereof - in desperate surroundings.

Original Title
The Weight of Elephants
Country
Denmark, New Zealand, Germany, France
Release Year
2013
Duration
83 min.
Directors
Daniel Joseph Borgman
Producer
Katja Adomeit, Leanne Saunders
Script
Cast
Demos Murphy, Matthew Sunderland, Catherine Wilkin, Angelina Cottrell
Camera
Sophia Olsson
Editor
Molly Malene Stensgaard
Music
Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen
Production Company
Zentropa Entertainments5, Severe Features, Film I Vast, Zentropa Sweden
Version
Dialogue: English Danish Subtitles
Tempo
5
Thrills
4
Sighs
7
Laughs
1
Look
6
Food for thought
4