This is nice example how to be inspired by Europan cinematography. I'm talking about the one shot scenes, which is always mark of a good director. It's logical because it's harder to do a scene, which longs 1-2 minutes than many few seconds' scenes instead. Sometimes, directors do this just because to show how good they are. But in this film there are special scenes called following shot. It means that the camera follows persons behind or along with them. This was first used by Bela Tárr (Hungarian) in Satan's tango and have become very popular. Of corse, I don't want to doubt creativity of Gus Vant Sant. Doing half of Elephant by following shots was great and effective idea. It just shows, that Gus Vant Sant can do really good movie.