For example both movies have characters which are ridiculed in front of the society by their own behaviors such as in Brazil the mother of the main character was addicted to plastic surgery while in Rebel without a cause we can see the subjugated character of Jim’s father who was a man who was very dependent on his wife and in really he didn’t represent the image of a real father.
By the other hand both main characters reacted differently against the society because Jim stark (Rebel without a cause) was a young who was always getting into troubles but Sam Lowry (Brazil) was very different to Jim because he was always trying to avoid getting into troubles so that’s an element which we can compare.
Elephant: This second movie has a vital social element which is the comparison we can make between both stereotypes of youth in different decades. We wanted to focus mainly in the level of violence that both movies have.
In Rebel without a cause we can see how a bunch of students are experts in getting into troubles and that were always carrying knives or guns in order to bother at their others college’s partners. The level of violence in this movie it’s not too exaggerated but it reflects the social issues of the 50’s.
However “Elephant” show us a truth story in which two students shot 12 classmates, a teacher, wounding other people as well, and then they killed themselves so it’s also an important element in which both movies represent the social issues of the society. Despite they got shot in different decades both movies show us important real problems of the society in which we live.