Elephant (2003)

One of the most intricately-stylized avant-garde plot structure mechanisms of 21st century filmmaking telling a story forwards, backwards, & sideways simultaneously, Van Sant’s Elephant depicts humanity at its most vile & unspeakably disturbing. 8.9/10.

Plot Synopsis: A variety of adolescents at a suburban high school drift through a seemingly uneventful day, until two students arrive with violent intentions. Alex (Alex Frost) and Eric (Eric Deulen) have developed elaborate plans to enter their school and gun down as many of their peers as possible. Although Alex and Eric are seen as the victims of bullying, and the pair have carefully plotted their attack, most of the violence is committed with a detached sense of randomness.

Official CLC Score: 8.9/10