3 items from 2012
Director: Bouli Lanners
Running time: 84 minutes
As soon as it begins, The Giants (Les Géants) has an immediate Stand By Me feel about it; mischievous group of young teenage boys, left to run wild over the summer. I strongly dislike the term ‘coming-of-age drama’, as it sounds a bit soppy and makes me cringe slightly, but that is really what this is. (Thankfully not too soppy though).
Set in the Belgian countryside, it follows the lives of two brothers, Zak and Seth, who, over the summer, are left to their own devices in their deceased grandather’s house. With their mother absent, as she so often is, and the company of their new friend Danny, they spend their time smoking weed, joy riding through cornfields and stealing supplies out of their neighbours cellar. It’s all good fun.
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- Kate Valentine
★★★☆☆ Currently gracing the silver screen with his turn as the morally dubious Martial in Jacques Audiard's powerful melodrama Rust and Bone (2012), Bouli Lanners' latest directorial outing arrives on the small screen via its DVD release. The Giants (Les Géants, 2011) is a meandering tale of one long summer in the adolescent life of three neglected boys. Surviving on the edges of society amongst the lush greenery of Belgium, this is akin to a childhood tale of summer days seen through the grittier lens of Lanners' countrymen, the Dardenne brothers, as Seth (Martin Nissen) and younger brother Zak (Zacherie Chasseriaud) spend the long vacation in the house of their late grandfather.
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- CineVue UK
The 17th edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Unifrance Films, will open on March 1 with Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's The Intouchables (Intouchables), "an unprecedented box-office phenomenon in France, where it shattered records to become the second most successful French film of all time." Back in November, John Lichfield and Agnès Poirier floated theories as to why in the Independent and Guardian, respectively. The festival closes on March 11 with David and Stéphane Foenkinos's Delicacy, featuring Audrey Tautou, and in between, there'll be over two dozen New York premieres, new work by André Téchiné, Benoît Jacquot and Alain Cavalier, and the Centerpiece: Pathé's newly restored version of Marcel Carné's Children of Paradise (1945). I posted a roundup in November when the restoration hit London.
3 items from 2012
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