Do Elephants Pray?
Reviewed by David Savage
Starring: Jonnie Hurn, Julie Dray, Marc Warren
Directed by: Paul Hills
Running Time: 105 minutes
DVD Release Date: 20 May 2013
Do Elephants Pray? Is a film about a man trying to find himself and starts with a naked man running through a forest
Callum (Jonnie Hurn) is an advertising executive bored with life and has thoughts of suicide until one day in the park he meets Malika (Julie Dray), a free-spirited French woman, whose identity he must keep a secret.
While intrigued and slowly falling for Malika she persuades him to travel to France for a few days hiking and camping to find a lake that legend has it changes people with the aim to free himself from everyday life and troubles so he can get to know himself and be free. With Malika his life starts to change for the better. She is teaching him to look at the world in a different way.
Overall I found this a very strange film. While very well-acted and fairly enjoyable I was left at the end still wondering what had happened, maybe I just didn’t understand the full meaning of the film but it certainly does get you thinking about the way people live their lives.
I can’t say it was a bad film but then I can’t say it’s a good film, it is one of them films where you have to see it to relate to and make up your own mind. I may have to watch it again to make up my mind either way.
Reviewed by: Anthony & Karen Curson
We received this DVD to review not knowing anything about it, so the film itself was a complete mystery and as such we did not have any expectations of it.
So we settled down for a rare evening together and watched the film. The films central character is a stressed marketing executive struggling to “find himself”. He is helped on his journey by a mysterious young woman who isn't all she seems.
After the film had finished we were still none the wiser, its not that the film was bad, it just in our opinion lacked any kind of pace. Although well-acted we were waiting for a big finish or twist but it just didn't materialise.
We both feel that it isn't a film that we would watch again, however drama or film students may appreciate the acting, symbolism and camerawork.
As far as recommending this film to others I would neither encourage nor discourage anyone from watching and would simply say form your own conclusion.
Available to buy on DVD from 20 May 2013, pre-order from Amazon here.