At a bookstore holiday party, the youngest employee tries to woo his much older co-worker.
White Elephant is a 2017 short film written and directed by Aaron Murtagh and introducing Henry Janzen.
Janzen plays Allen, a budding adolescent who works at a bookstore and is the token male employee. Allen is crushing hard on his co-worker, Melissa, the youngest female employee, but still definitely out of his age range. Allen straddles the line of company pet and knight-in-shining-armor the same way he is straddling boyhood and manhood. The film explores the rumblings of sexual desire that happen at an age when society would prefer they didn't exist. Just like gift swap it is named after While Elephant probes the silent desires that lie in wait when people want more than what they possess.