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The Selfish Giant

Diarahkan oleh Clio Barnard
United Kingdom, 2013


Arbor and his best friend Swifty begin working for Kitten, a scrap dealer, after they are excluded from school. But when Arbor begins to emulate Kitten by becoming ruthless and exploitative, their friendship begins to falter, leading to a tragic event. Loosely based on Oscar Wilde’s short story.

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The Selfish Giant Diarahkan oleh Clio Barnard
Barnard engages with the harsh socio-economic realities of contemporary Britain—which here recall a Dickensian brutality in contemporary times—yet her vivid eye for detail and love for chiaroscuro produces contrasted and wondrous imagery. Filled with dualisms (nature, junkyard metal; boys, men) The Selfish Giant takes the tone of a fable, warning of the fragility of life.
August 21, 2014
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Barnard realizes the settings in immersive detail, and she elicits some strikingly convincing performances from her cast; Conner Chapman, playing a boy with an untreated behavioral disorder, delivers one of the scariest performances I’ve seen from a child actor. The movie takes its title and narrative structure from a children’s story by Oscar Wilde; as in the Dardenne brothers’ The Kid With a Bike, the fairy-tale elements bolster the contemporary story with a sense of timelessness.
January 08, 2014
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The Selfish Giant is easy to admire but difficult to recommend, because its vision of friendship, poverty and desperation is so stark. Written and directed by Clio Barnard, this film about adolescent boys who gather scrap to help their families is based on a fable by Oscar Wilde. But where Wilde’s story summons warmly cathartic tears, the tears this film earns are colder and grimmer. Its outcome feels both unfair and inevitable.
December 20, 2013
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  • Elle Johnston's rating of the film The Selfish Giant

    I saw this twice (when working) and both times the rest of the cinema and myself had to stay in our seats to compose ourselves after uncontrollably weeping in the last act. The last 3rd of this film is worth every second of the build up.

  • Jam The Maize's rating of the film The Selfish Giant

    An honest film. It can be hard to relate to some films however similar they seem to our own lives. Barnard's The Selfish Giant leaves you feeling empathetic despite your background, this is probably true to the very real performance of the protagonists actor, Conner Chapman.

  • mpho3's rating of the film The Selfish Giant

    "The selfish giant is the society that boxes them into poverty and offers them only limited and risky avenues for escape: the society that keeps them in these desperate, reckless spaces where they run, dodge, swerve, struggle.... This, ultimately, is the power of Barnard’s modern fable: that it is not a fairy tale, but – in its broader lessons if not its specifics – a true story." - Times Higher Education

  • Palmat's rating of the film The Selfish Giant

    Really good slice of kitchen sink depression straight from the gutters of Britain. IF that's your thing. Central performances are very convincing and leaves an impression. Direction is deftly handled while static shots of power lines and grey landscapes seem a bit film school for me. I am sure Clio Baranard has a great future as a director and will be one to watch in the following years.

  • msmichel's rating of the film The Selfish Giant

    Somewhat meandering Loachian effort from Clio Barnard that revels in the British kitchen sink tradition of portraying abject poverty, hopelessness and misguided determination. Not so far removed from the work of Shane Meadows and Lynne Ramsay, Barnard needs to find a distinctive voice for herself to live up to the promise of 'The Arbor'. Performances seem earnest enough but emotional resonance arrives too late.

  • OFF_FRAME's rating of the film The Selfish Giant

    Anchored firmly in the bleak, going-nowhere-fast tradition of depressing British drama The Selfish Giant does have a bit more going for it. It's well made, has a mesmerising performance from lead protagonist Conner Chapman, introduces horses into this usually urban context and keeps the viewer invested with several plot turns. There are moments of cliche and stereotype with the scrap boss that detract. 3 stars

  • Matthew_Lucas's rating of the film The Selfish Giant

    A devastating exploration of the desperation of impoverished Britons, in this case 2 boys who are kicked out of school & turn to copper thievery. Barnard has great empathy for her characters, not only examining the deep bond of boyhood friendships & their strange sense of platonic romance, but an entire population that has been forgotten and left behind. Raw like a festering wound, but devastatingly blunt.

  • Endless Eye's rating of the film The Selfish Giant

    Brilliant. I enjoyed the experimental weirdness of the Arbor, but here in a purely fictional narrative world, Director / Writer Clio Barnard seems much more at home and in control. This film will rip your heart out in the best of ways.

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