Amazing Mood, Youth Actors amazing. A great realistic portrait. My kind of film.
The Selfish Giant gives off an aroma of a film that will be remembered for a very long time. The staying power of its troubled characters as well as the painfully realistic portrayal of a down-and-out community in Northern England are quite remarkable.
This directorial feature debut from British director Clio Barnard trails the life of two young troublemakers trying to make sense of their early teens. Both boys always yearn to help either their struggling family or friends. The loudest of the duo Arbor (played by Conner Chapman) hates to see his pal Swifty picked on. In fact, it’s Arbor’s adamant roughness that gets himself and Swifty (played by Shaun Thomas) suspended from school.
Swifty, who is only asked to leave for 10 days, is Arbor’s rock. Rather than enabling Arbor’s rowdiness, he’s usually helping the foul-mouthed rebel soothe down after adults treat the twosome with…
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