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Film Fest 2011 - The Giants


The Giants
Les géants, Belgium/France/Luxembourg 2011
Director: Bouli Lanners
Producers: Jacques-Henri Bronckart, Olivier Bronckart, Jani Thiltges, Carole Scotta, Simon Arnal
Screenplay: Bouli Lanners, Elise Ancion
Photography: Jean-Paul De Zaeytijd
Editor: Ewin Ryckaert
Production designer: Paul Rouschop
Costume designer: Elise Ancion
Music: The Bony King of Nowhere
In French with English subtitles

With: Zacharie Chasseriaud (Zak), Martin Nissen (Seth), Paul Bartel (Dany), Karim Leklou (Angel), Didier Toupy (BSuf), Gwen Berrou (Martha), Marthe Keller (Rosa)

Festivals: Cannes (Directors' Fortnight) 2011

84 minutes
Censors rating tbc

"Three appealing young actors bring unforced charm, buoyancy and vulnerability to this coming of age story." - David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

Two brothers in their mid-teens are dropped off at their grandfather's deserted house in the country and left to fend for themselves for the summer. Boredom is overtaken by more excitement than they bargained for after they fall in with a slightly older local boy. Filmed with a lushness that will have you longing for the European summer, this funny, perceptive picture of unfettered adolescence venturing into peril imbues Stand by Me with sardonic social realism and shades of the Brothers Grimm. - BG
"Bouli Lanners' third feature deftly negotiates between heartbreak and hilarity in a picaresque story notable for its boisterous good spirits, economical storytelling and engaging central performances& The lightness of touch that Lanners displays with casting and story allows him to confront some serious issues& The performances of the three boys are very impressive; unselfconscious, endearing and completely believable." - Allan Hunter, Screendaily