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[Tiff Review] The Giant

16 September 2016 12:52 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

In The Giant, what lives and breathes as a compelling documentary morphs quickly into a kind of mythological fantasy when it steps outside its mode of social realism. Credit must be given to first-time feature director Johannes Nyholm, his special effects team, and his lead Christian Andren for pulling off a miraculous technical feat with a narrative that almost never steps outside of its fantasy world — until it does.

Andren plays Rikard, a sympathetic autistic man born with a several defects including a massive tumor which has taken over half of his face including an eye. Nyholm opens the film on a pétanque court, one of the few pastimes that gives Rikard pleasure, shortly before he’s abruptly and accidentally struck by a metal ball in the back of the head and blamed for the accident. In a particularly stark scene, Johan Lundborg’s camera lingers on the back of »

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