Do Elephants Pray?

Do Elephants Pray?

Paul Hills (2009)

107min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The fourth feature from Paul Hills (Boston Kickout) is a bold attempt to mix screwball comedy with mystical melodrama. Frank Capra attempted something similar with Lost Horizon in 1937, but Hills and his writer/star Jonnie Hurn fall a long way short with their rites-of-passage tale. Hurn plays a stressed London advertising man who is persuaded by bewitching French free spirit Julie Dray to ditch his addictive luxuries and risk a crucial work account in order to join her on an expedition to discover his true self in Brittany's mythical Brocéliande forest. The quest involves lots of sex, some magic mushrooms and an excess of fortune-cookie philosophising, but Hurn's script comes up with few real answers. This is certainly a handsome and ambitious work - an obvious labour of love for its makers - but it comes across as being overly florid and muddled.

Cast & Crew

Callum Jonnie Hurn
Malika Julie Dray
Marrlen Marc Warren (1)
Emma Rosie Fellner
Sark Grace Vallorani
Jode John Last
Fahra Cassandra French
Hoody Dougal Porteous
Mirriam Abi Titmuss
Radio DJ Iain Lee
Director Paul Hills
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Other Information

Language: English / French / Breton Colour Theatrical distributor: Bluebell Films Guidance: Swearing, drug abuse, sex scenes, nudity. Released on: 1 Feb 2013

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