Beautifully unfolds the complicated ties connecting three teenagers on holidays on a lake shore. Surrounded by the magnificent and imposing nature, they defy its laws, just like they defy the ones imposed by the other giants, the adults, who they are very suspicious of.
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All the insecurities, cruelty, competiveness, and self centered behaviour of youth is evident in this well written debut film from Andrew Cividino that expands his short film. The acting may be a little amateurish in spots but the fine scripting, cinematography and music score more than compensate for any short comings. Not often one sees the beauty of the Ontario north on film (shot north of Superior).
Wonderfully goddamn unpleasant Canadian feature. The campaign was essentially victorious from the casting on. I cannot recall another recent film where young people have worn themselves w/ such vigor. Deeply unsettling, not because of the deus ex machina we (sort of) see coming a mile away, but because of the frisson of truth. If you have grown up, especially in Canada (perhaps), you can expect this movie to gut you.
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[REVIEW] 86/100 - THE SLEEPING GIANT (Andrew Cividino)
Sleeping Giant is deeply personal, and its genuine spirit is palpably found in every shot.
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The main thing that bothered me in this film was Jackson Martin who played Adam. The kid got the acting capabilities of a used lawn gnome...its like watching a 15yr old boy role playing as a 5yr old deaf/mute girl that has only two facial expressions to half heartedly convey emotions to other human beings with. 90% of the time the kid looks like he's blankly peering into another dimension just to witness paint dry.