In the the northern Chinese city of Manzhouli, they say there is an elephant that simply sits and ignores the world. Manzhouli becomes an obsession for the protagonists of this film, a longed-for escape from the downward spiral in which they find themselves. Among them is schoolboy
I just watched 'An Elephant Sitting Still' and all I've got to say is 'mesmerizing'. Such a rhythmic flow to each and every scene, not only visually stunning but the dialog and sound track were amazing, and that combination effortlessly flowed scene to scene. The sound track at times seemed like it was just pulled right out of the background noise of the scenery and then mixed into a rhythm and fed back into the beat of the movie and flipping vice-versa.....just brilliant. 'An Elephant Sitting Still' is a true masterpiece of creative genius, reminding me a lot of Bela Tarr films.