The Selfish Giant (2013)

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Two thirteen year-old working-class friends in Bradford seek fortune by getting involved with a local scrap dealer and criminal.

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  • Rebecca Manley and Conner Chapman in The Selfish Giant (2013)
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  • Conner Chapman in The Selfish Giant (2013)
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18 October 2013 | nicklpool
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| A 'Kes' for the 21st century
This film is stunning - a visually powerful glimpse into a savage, precarious world, with humour and tenderness.

It can't just be reduced to a political diatribe, although the post-industrial setting is bleak and the poverty grinding. Mainly it's the story of a young lad's struggle towards adulthood, ahead of his time and in tough circumstances, as he learns the hard way what it is to be a grown-up.

The echoes of 'Kes' are obvious, but with the destruction of that old industrial world the characters too are ambiguous and troubled. Arbor is a complex mix of ruthlessness, cheekiness and wit. We see his character develop from being a cocky little tawt to something altogether more complicated and touching...

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