There is an old story of a group of blind men who have heard of a creature called an elephant and are taken to meet it. Each feels a different part of it and uses what he feels to say what the animal is; while each is correct, none are correct unless they are all together. In the film Elephant , Gus Van Sant follows several groups of students on what seems to be an ordinary day. We have some flashbacks of some of the students, and there is a lot of quite delightful overlapping. And at some point, a couple of the kids bring out guns and start shooting.
It’s a horrific film when you know what is going to happen. You are constantly watching, waiting. Wondering who it is that is going to snap, who will live and who will die. It’s an extremely good film, and (unfortunately for so many people in the US) an extremely relevant film.