Do Elephants Pray?

  • 15
  • Paul Hills (2009)
  • UK
  • 107 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

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 and crew

Cast

Callum
Jonnie Hurn
Malika
Julie Dray
Marrlen
Marc Warren
Emma
Rosie Fellner
Sark
Grace Vallorani
Jode
John Last
Fahra
Cassandra French
Hoody
Dougal Porteous
Mirriam
Abi Titmuss
Radio DJ
Iain Lee

Crew

Director
Paul Hills

Other Information

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

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