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Set in Brussels and shot on digital video, this 2002 Belgian feature concerns a teenage illegal immigrant from Burundi who winds up alone and on the run after his father is deported. A truck driver (Jan Decleir) who gives him shelter turns out to be a veteran radical with a cache of dynamite; together they wage a campaign of bomb threats against city landmarks in the hope of forcing the authorities to bring the boy's dad back. The title refers to an indelicate technique supposedly used by Pygmies to subjugate male elephants, which is flogged to death by director Dominique Standaert as a metaphor for the rebels' defiance. That's just one among many annoying flaws—implausible plot twists, blatant stereotypes, and uneven tone—that drag the picture down. In French and Flemish with subtitles. 100 min.

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