The Giants

Les géants
Films seldom capture the quicksilver highs and lows of being young half as well as this light-touch Belgian drama. Like a fairytale, it deposits a trio of neglected teen boys deep in the woods to fend for themselves. Two of them are brothers, 15-year-old Seth (Martin Nissen) and 13-year-old Zak (Zacharie Chasseriaud), whose mum has left them alone in their late granddad’s house. Their friend Danny (Paul Bartel) has his own problems – chiefly a knuckle-headed psychotic brother. At first the boys revel in the idleness of a long, free summer, tearing about in a clapped-out banger, smoking weed. But soon they’re broke and with faltering bravado negotiate with a drug dealer who wants to use their house as a marijuana farm – and turfs them out without a penny. Artist turned director Bouli Lanners paints his story a little hazily, perhaps, but his gorgeously unselfconscious actors are faultless.

Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday July 13 2012
Duration: 84 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Bouli Lanners
Cast: Didier Toupy
Paul Bartel
Zacharie Chasseriaud
Karim Leklou
Martin Nissen

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Ross

An absolutely wonderful film! I loved every minute. From the breathtaking cinematography to the pitch perfect performances of the young cast, it's great.

Ross

An absolutely wonderful film! I loved every minute. From the breathtaking cinematography to the pitch perfect performances of the young cast, it's great.