Elephant Song

Synopsis: A psychiatrist is drawn into a complex mind game when he questions a disturbed patient about the disappearance of a colleague.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Charles Binamé
Production: Melenny Productions
  3 wins & 11 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

Rise and shine, Michael!

- Morning, Dr. Greene!

- Good morning, Bruce!

Do you... have an envelope?

Of course!

Thank you.

Mr. Chairman...

Oh, Dr. Greene.

Sorry it took so long to get this set up.

How was Christmas in Paris?

Fine. Family...

Still a little bit jet-lagged.

Shall we get started?

Yeah, let's do that.

I didn't have time

to go through everything yet,

but I'm sure between

you and Miss Peterson...

It's been a few weeks.

I don't expect

your memory to be perfect.

I was looking for my glasses.

This was in Dr. Lawrence's office?

I wanted to have

a glance at his file, but...

without my glasses...



Kevin is charging us triple time.

Well, it... it'll get fixed.

How did you know to even

find me at this extension?

Bruce transferred me.

And how's Amy?

You know, I think she... she'd

like to help you make dinner.

Of course.

Call me when you're done

in case I need you

to pick something up.

I will. I..




Oh, thank you, Miss Peterson.

Let me know

if you need anything.

I'll shut the door,

just to be safe.

This didn't worry you?

I didn't know

what I was up against.

About how unstable

the patient was?

You've never met

Michael, have you?


That's the second time today

I've been asked that question.


What did you do

when the patient shut the door?

I went back to my office.

You were anxious?

No, I was...


I see.


I'm Dr. Greene.

What kind of doctor?

I'm a psychiatrist.

Please, don't...

don't touch anything.

Why not?

Oh, is this about Dr. Lawrence?

It is.

Ah. Shouldn't you be a cop, then?

Oh, maybe you're supposed to be crazy

and I'm supposed to be the cop.

Yeah, so,

my codename would be

White Elephant, of course,

and yours...

Existential Crisis.

Do you like that?

- Michael...

- Who's Michael?

You are.

No, I'm White Elephant.

Miss Peterson told me

you like to play games.

You're right.

White Elephant is a much better

codename for Miss Peterson.

Female elephants

are called cows.

Not a very nice thing to say.

No, I'm allergic

to hypocrisy, anyway, so...

I can't stand it.

It kills me. It kills me.

I'm not here

to talk about Miss Peterson.

I know what you're here about.

To hear the patient

vilifying Miss Peterson

must have been difficult.

Oh, he knew what he was doing.

Yeah, he knew what he was doing.

I should have seen it,

of course, but, uh...

that morning was the first time

Miss Peterson

and I had really...

Well, not since our daughter Rachel died.

Good morning!

Nice to see you here again.

- Hi.

- I've got mine.

Yeah, they keep me busy upstairs.

- I have my keys.

- So, you're working today?

Yeah. I came in early to see

if I could help with Dr. Lawrence.

If it means anything,

I drove by his house.

His car's not in the driveway.

Well, let's not make a mountain

out of a molehill just yet.

It's just on my way.

How much do you know

about the last patient Dr. Lawrence saw?

Michael Aleen?


Is that what you're doing here?

Yeah, why else?

- To find Dr. Lawrence.

- Yeah, that's the idea.

Michael won't tell you anything.

Why don't you talk to Bruce?

I want to talk to the patient.

What's... Uh, what's going on?

What aren't you telling me?

Well, apparently,

he has some information

about Dr. Lawrence's disappearance.

- Michael does?

- Yeah.

- He said this?

- I... I gather.

You know what he's doing?

He's taking advantage

of the situation

to waste your time

and to play games.

Jones wants me to clear it

all the same.

I thought he was away for Christmas.

He called from Paris this morning.

He said he was taking this seriously.

Here's what you're up against.

By the way, how much

do you know about elephants?

- Sorry?

- Nothing.

Aside from the occasional

"good morning," almost 3 years ago.

Oh. It's been that long?

September 1963,

so almost 3 years, yes.

And when you went

to get the patient,

what was his state of mind?

Anything unusual about him?

Good morning!

Oh, good morning!

You're early.

Well, no one's heard

from Dr. Lawrence yet.

- Are you worried?

- Mmm.

I've got to take Michael

to Dr. Lawrence's office.

Dr. Greene wants

to talk to him.

Lucky us.

Dr. Greene wants to talk to you.

I understand that the patient

had a certain reputation

in the hospital.

I had heard a thing or two,

but patients weren't part

of my day-to-day.

I'm here because I understand

you have information about Dr. Lawrence.

And I'm here

to talk about elephants.

Well, I'm afraid

I'm not interested in elephants.

I'm afraid elephants

form matriarchal societies.

But that's not the reason

you and I are here.

I think you know that.

Elephants can recognize

the bones of their relatives.

- That's fascinating.

- Right, guys?

But Dr. Lawrence"

It is also said that elephants

can grieve for loved ones.

Darwin said that the elephant

is the one animal

that can shed tears,

apart from crocodiles,

of course.

Dr. Lawrence did not

come home yesterday.

They have the longest

gestation period of any mammal,

22 months!

In other words, Dr. Lawrence

appears to be missing.

22 months with Mommy.

Can you imagine that?

- You're not listening to me.

- Are you listening to me?

I'm talking about

something that's very serious.

So am I.

You're talking about elephants.

You're talking about Dr. Lawrence.

Two subjects about which

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Nicolas Billon

Nicolas Billon (born March 22, 1978) is a Canadian writer. He is best known for his plays The Elephant Song, Iceland, and Butcher. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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