Water for Elephants
Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon star in this magical tale of forbidden love.
Release date: 6 May 2011
Running time: 115 mins
Director: Francis Lawrence
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz, Hal Holbrook
Jacob (Robert Pattinson) is a young veterinary student with a great future ahead of him. That is, until a personal tragedy leaves him wandering penniless, without destination or hope.
But Jacob has a date with destiny. When he hops aboard a passing train it turns out to be the home of The Benzini Brothers Circus - and its star attraction, the radiant Marlena (Reese Witherspoon). With no other prospects, Jacob joins the troupe. He starts at the bottom but his veterinary skills see him quickly promoted to working with the animals, including Rosie the Elephant - which brings him closer to Marlena.
A mesmerising performer who has a natural gift with animals, Marlena is trapped in her marriage to the circus ringmaster and owner August (Christoph Waltz). An imposing mixture of charm and menace, August stands between happiness for Jacob and Marlena...
Screenplay: Richard LaGravenese
You should see it because: Two of cinema's hottest stars set the screen ablaze in this romantic circus drama.
See it if you liked: Slumdog Millionaire (2008), The Time Traveler's Wife (2009), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)