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Little Criminals (1995)

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Des is an eleven year old kid who has had a really bad deal in life. Crime and mischief are the main staples of his life and he and his friends cruise around the city and do things like ... See full summary »

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Des
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Jordan Clarke ...
Sam
London Sam Baergen ...
Jamal
John Nguyen ...
Nick
Loc Vo ...
Tak
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Rita
Randy Hughson ...
Vince
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Chet
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Ruth
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Clarke
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Kostash (as Callum Rennie)
Sonia Norris ...
Judy
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Nonny
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Des is an eleven year old kid who has had a really bad deal in life. Crime and mischief are the main staples of his life and he and his friends cruise around the city and do things like vandalize, steal, light fires, and mug people. He thinks that he is untouchable because he cannot be charged until he is twelve. Cory becomes Des' best friend and they carry on like nothing can stop them; however, Des ends up at an assessment centre for troubled youths and may begin a new life without crime. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Nonny turns the door nob the wrong way to open the door of the house witch gets robbed. See more »

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[first lines]
Des: [head resting on table, looks up into video camera] Hello.
[pause]
Des: Fuck you!
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References Hard Target (1993) See more »

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Written by Geoff Barrow, Beth Gibbons and Adrian Utley
Performed by Portishead
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Brilliant and horrifying
13 August 2000 | by (Nashville, Tennessee) – See all my reviews

This film considers people, most especially children, living at or beyond the margins of society. It is a worthy companion to Bunuel's "Los Olvidados". The central character, Des, is an 11 year old boy, the leader of a group of delinquents. From the outset, he is loathsome and (seemingly) without any redeeming value. The viewer's reaction to this character is disturbing; how can you hate an 11 year old. The story follows Des through one vicious episode after another. Slowly, ever so subtly, the little boy inside the monster is revealed, and circumstances which have created the monster examined.

The young man who plays Des is brilliant. It is impossible to look away from him, however horrific or painful his behavior. The supporting performances are also fine, especially the step father and social worker characters.

The screenplay is masterful; there is a rythm of explosive violence and anger mixed with small subtle hints of humanity that ultimately leaves the viewer moved in different, conflicting directions simultaneously. Ultimately, no pat answers are provided.

This is a disturbing movie. It should be seen.


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