The Weight of Elephants

Weight of Elephants, The - 2013

Zentropa/Severe Features - 85 min.

DVD UPC/EAN # 5050582975932; 9324915092693

Cast: Demos Murphy, Angelina Cottrell, Catherine Wilkin, Matthew Sunderland, Finn Holden, Anna Hewlett, Bree Peters, Sophie Roberts.
Crew: Screenplay: Daniel Joseph Borgman, from the Sonya Hartnett novel 'Of a Boy'; Director of Photography: Sophia Olsson; Editor: Molly Malene Stensgaard; Original Music: Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen; Production Designer: Kirsty Cameron; Producers: Katja Adomeit, Leanne Saunders; Director: Daniel Joseph Borgman.

Eleven-year-old Adrian, abandoned by his parents at an early age, lives with his Gran and his damaged Uncle Rory in a quiet New Zealand town. When three children go missing in a neighbouring town, Adrian's world begins to change. His best friend forsakes him, his uncle starts acting even weirder than ever and a new family moves in across the street. However Adrian finds a friend in his new neighbour Nicole, a strange girl with a mysterious past. Adrian looks for those around him to provide safety and stability, but he discovers that the strength he is looking for can only come from within. Filming locations of Invercargill, Otautau, Bluff and Riverton.

Censor Rating: M - Review Rating: B-

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