The Vanished Elephant
Directed by Javier Fuentes-León
A crime novelist receives a vital clue to the whereabouts of his long-missing fiancée.
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★★★½ review by María Y. on Letterboxd
Una trama policial llena de suspenso y que a medida que avanza se va armando el complejo rompecabezas.
Buenas actuaciones y excelente fotografía.
Otro ejemplo del buen cine peruano
★★★½ review by siutou_amy on Letterboxd
Peruvian films are going through a really REALLY good period. We have begun having genre films, yo!
Fuentes-Leon takes on the Lynch-esque universe where the lines of reality and fiction blur, not to great heights, but certainly with apt skills. Though The Vanished Elephant lacks the spark that made you say Mulholland Drive was the greatest film you’ve watched last decade, it showcases solid performances from both Del Solar and Caceres, who play opposite sides of the same coin, you could say.
★★★★ review by David_Bautista on Letterboxd
★★★½ review by Sebastian Mendo on Letterboxd
It was about time for peruvian cinema to begin to do good things.
El Elefante Desaparecido (The Vanished Elephant) is a film that understands where it is and what it's trying to convey so it does so regardless of whoever is in the audience; that's how it was able to leave the country and become more than just a peruvian film. This is a film that utilises a lot of surrealism and context that only peruvians will understand but is able to explain it as best as possible without overusing exposition. Yes, there are some moments that do rely heavily on it but they don't distract too much from the film.
The story itself is very fascinating and original, something I had never really seen from a latin american director. Though at times there are inconsistencies that I don't agree too well with it still works very well.
The one problem this film has is the acting. The main actor is not very good in his role even though the supporting ones are alright. There can be an actual reason for some of the decisions but it is definitely lacking. Still, the film is still able to work for what it is and be able to tell a far more complex story than what it could be and through that show that there are still writers out there who can write good and original stories that use visual imagery to help tell a story.
Because of this I do believe this film deserves the credit needed even though it might be a bit generous.
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