The Selfish Giant (Empire On-Demand Review)

SelfishGiantSquareThe Selfish Giant (2013), VOD

Borrowing its title from an Oscar Wilde short story, Clio Barnard’s second film is a triumph of social realism-as-cinema, set in the north of England, and positioned somewhere between Truffaut’s The 400 Blows and Ken Loach’s Kes. Ditching school, ragamuffins Arbor (Conner Chapman) and his slow-witted pal Swifty (Shaun Thomas) gather scrap metal, including valuable copper electrical cabling, in an attempt to avoid the social scrapheap for which they seem destined.

Empire rating: ★★★★


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