My Lucky Elephant

My Lucky Elephant

Every now and again, I have the pleasure to review a great little family film that tells an interesting story, and teaches kids something along the way. My Lucky Elephant is one of those films. The film starts out by introducing us to a young boy who has lost his father, and a young elephant who has been separated from its family. The two of them cautiously get to know each other, and the boy trains the elephant to understand his directions. This is Thailand, and the boy knows that they have to work if they are going to survive. Over and over, the boy and his elephant are turned away as too small, until he finally doesn’t take no for an answer and he proves that he can work hard. Unfortunately, the Thai lumber industry hasn’t seen the Lorax, and soon there are no more trees to cut down in the area, so there is no longer any work. Once again the boy and his elephant, Lucky, have to move on to see if they can find some other type of work. Thailand has a tough economy with little support for orphaned kids. This film gives young children a bit of a taste for how hard it is in other countries when kids are on their own. We watch as Lucky and his friend are chased and harassed by police, drugged and attacked by poachers, and just try to stay alive in general. What everyone underestimates is the intelligence of Lucky and the deep friendship that has developed between him and his friend. The latter part of the...
Films of the Decade – 4. The Lives of Others

Films of the Decade – 4. The Lives of Others

The Lives of Others is fiction intertwined with history. While the narrative is a personal story about two characters, Georg Dreyman and Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler, it’s impossible to imagine the film set in any other place or time. Yet there is a timeless quality to the film. The Lives of Others is a warning about the danger of allowing the government to have too much power.

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