The Elephant King
Thailand, United States of America (US), 2006, 92 minutes, HD
The Elephant King Synopsis

The moving story of two brothers who lead totally different lives. Jake Hunt enjoys life to the fullest in Thailand, while his shy brother Oliver deals with his own depressions back home in the USA. Their dominant mother wants Jake back home and for this reason, Oliver is sent to Thailand to retrieve his brother. Once there, Oliver finds himself in Jake's bizarre life and falls in love with a beautiful girl, Lek. But it is not a coincidence that she and Oliver have met each other.]

"Beautiful to look at, solidly acted, unpredictable and sexy as hell." - OC Weekly

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Reviewed by sandrajeanroqui
I was genuinely interested in watching this film because elephants amaze me but as I immerse in the film's totality I somehow forgot about elephants and became engrossed with the... more
I was genuinely interested in watching this film because elephants amaze me but as I immerse in the film's totality I somehow forgot about elephants and became engrossed with the characters especially the brothers and the woman between them. Oliver and Jake are poles apart when it comes to personalities and actors Jonno Roberts and Tate Ellington seem to pull them off.  I was sort of worried though with the plot and decided that it was not the most outstanding, however,  actor performances are commendable with Florence Faivre very regal-like and attuned to the role.   
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Reviewed by lenidecastro
This Seth Grossman story is about man’s struggle to find himself; and in this movie, it seems that the only way to do that is to experience what it is... more
This Seth Grossman story is about man’s struggle to find himself; and in this movie, it seems that the only way to do that is to experience what it is like to be on opposite poles or viewpoints. The mother’s viewpoint is the usual, protective or rather domineering, idea that parents always know best although somewhere she seems to have realized that her preventative ways no longer work on her children. Sometimes, it is not the mother nor the mother’s rival, which in this story, is the elephant, that would open the eyes of everyone. We often get too engrossed in the things of sense and feelings that seeing life as it is becomes a luxury, or shall we say a “waste of time”, to be noticed.
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Reviewed by sharonmae
Engaging and intense! This film has been recognized at various indie film festivals but have been met by lukewarm responses from critics.  The story revolves around two brothers, one in... more
Engaging and intense! This film has been recognized at various indie film festivals but have been met by lukewarm responses from critics.  The story revolves around two brothers, one in the US and the other happy go lucky one, in Thailand.  Oliver was summoned by their mother ( played by Ellen Burstyn) to go and bring Jake back from Thailand. In the process, Oliver falls in love with Lek, a bartender, portrayed by French-Thai actress Florence Faivre.  Tony awardee Burstyn somehow lacked acting flair in this flick but Faivre was a revelation. Nonetheles, this is something worth checking out as it gives a peek on the lives of dysfunctional Americans in another country.   
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I agree with you on the intense part. It depicted the contrast of living in the world of reality (America) and paradise (Thailand) where anything goes even owning an elephant. Which leaves the question, what the paradise brought out, the inner angst and disappointments which laid dormant in the brothers...
I agree with you on the intense part. It depicted the contrast of living in the world of reality (America) and paradise (Thailand) where anything goes even owning an elephant. Which leaves the question, what the paradise brought out, the inner angst and disappointments which laid dormant in the brothers...
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  • Anyone can get lost or would want to get lost in a Paradise like Thailand whether it is for the right or wrong reasons.

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  • Anyone can get lost or would want to get lost in a Paradise like Thailand whether it is for the right or wrong reasons.
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    ronaldgonzales  agree! I wouldn't mind losing myself in the wonder of such a paradise,  as long as it's not my mind?!! hehe! 
    ronaldgonzales  agree! I wouldn't mind losing myself in the wonder of such a paradise,  as long as it's not my mind?!! hehe! 
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  • The struggles of life in developed countries take its toll on the individuals as they look for their true self. Anger and pain can cause a man to go into extremes.

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  • The struggles of life in developed countries take its toll on the individuals as they look for their true self. Anger and pain can cause a man to go into extremes.
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  • Am pleasantly surprised to see multi-awarded actress Ellen Burstyn in this film. However, her performance lacked the depth and luster compared to Faivre who stood out in this film, plus the camera loves her, i think! :) 

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  • Am pleasantly surprised to see multi-awarded actress Ellen Burstyn in this film. However, her performance lacked the depth and luster compared to Faivre who stood out in this film, plus the camera loves her, i think! :) 
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  • compelling performance by Faivre! Such a stunning beauty, too! 

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  • compelling performance by Faivre! Such a stunning beauty, too! 
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