In the "Villa Virgin", a shantytown in the slums of Buenos Aires, Julian and Nicolas, two priests and long-standing friends, work tirelessly to help the local people. Nicolas joins Julian in overseeing the construction of a hospital following the failure of a project he was leading. Deeply troubled by his actions, Nicolas finds solace in Luciana, a young, attractive atheist social worker. As Nicholas' beliefs wane, tension and violence grow between the slum's drug-dealing cartels and when work on the hospital is halted by ministerial decree, the faith of the entire community is put to the test.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Michael Nyman's sweepingly majestic score lends an epic dimension, which feels right alongside the straight-forward passion depicted by an evenly balanced, top-drawer cast.Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter, 05.22.2012
There's a lot to think about - sacrifice, faith, poverty and much more - but it all feels too crammed into its running time, and is delivered in an uninspiring fashion.David Parkinson, Empire Magazine, 04.22.2013
A wellconstructed, genuinely thrilling drama about spiritual endurance and social commitment.Mark Asch, Little White Lies, 04.25.2013
'White Elephant' throws us into the fray of an urban slum without in any way demonising or romanticising the theatre within which Trapero's meandering story unfolds.Dave Calhoun, Time Out, 04.24.2013