12 July 2012 4:00 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆ In a week chock-full of films featuring young central leads, Belgian effort The Giants (Les géants, 2011) is probably the most derivative of the established coming-of-age format. Not without its charms, former painter-turned-director Bouli Lanners' drama is hampered by a somewhat plodding narrative, some stunted performances (outside of its titular trio) and unwelcome comparisons with the Dardenne brothers' far superior effort The Kid with a Bike (2011).

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