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The Selfish Giant
 
 
Directed by Clio Bernard, UK 2013
87 mins. English dialogue
 
Summary:
 

A contemporary fable - set in Yorkshire - about 13 year old Arbor (Conner Chapman) and his best friend Swifty (Shaun Thomas).  Excluded from school and outsiders in their own neighbourhood, the two boys meet Kitten (Sean Gilder), a local scrapdealer - the "Selfish Giant".  They begin collecting scrap metal for him using a horse and cart.  Swifty has a natural gift with horses while Arbor emulates Kitten - keen to impress him and make some money.  Tensions build, leading to a tragic event, which transforms them all.

Nominated for the 2014 BAFTA for Best British Film.

 
What the Critics say:
 

" 'The Selfish Giant' is a film of such power and beauty that there will be no escaping it - so long as you go to see it in the first place."  (David Thomson - The New Republic)


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