Synopsis: Inspired by the tragic events at Columbine High School, Elephant won both the Palme D'Or and Best Director prizes at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. Shooting on location in an everyday American high school, with a cast primarily made up of students from the surrounding area, Gus Van Sant (controversial director of My Own Private Idaho, Drugstore Cowboy and To Die For) has made his most powerful, acclaimed film to date.
It's a beautiful fall day, and golden leaves skitter ahead of the wind across green lawns. Walking through the park on his way to class, Eli persuades a punk-rock couple to pose for some photographs. Nate finishes football practice and goes to meet his girlfriend Carrie for lunch. John leaves his dad's car keys in the school office for his brother to pick up. In the cafeteria, Brittany, Jordan and Nicole gossip and complain about their mothers' snooping. Michelle dashes to the library, while Eli snaps some photos of John in the hallway. John walks out onto the lawn, crossing paths with Alex and Eric.
It's an ordinary high school day.
But all that is about to change.
(Synopsis taken from the DVD cover information).