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The Selfish Giant
Arbor is a 13 years old boy and Swifty is his best friend. One day, they meet Kitten who is a local scrap dealer. Because Kitten favors Swifty which makes Arbor hurt so it leads to a tragic event.
3 November 1989, Heywood, Lancashire, England, UK
6 August 1971, Lancaster, England, UK
20 May 1986, Horley, Surrey, England, UK
1977, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
August 18, 2015Though they share the same title, director Clio Barnard's bewitching follow-up to The Arbor bears little cosmetic similarity to the fluorescent idyll of Oscar Wilde's 19th century children's fable.
August 11, 2014Barnard's film is charged with the same compassion and lyricism. It is one of those desperately sad and dispiriting films that one would prefer to forget but probably never will.
January 09, 2014[A] wrenching story of working-poor desperation in northern England.
August 04, 2014The Selfish Giant is one of the best films of the year: captivating, often funny, and filled with the most naturalistic performances you're likely to see.
June 21, 2016Barnard bolsters this central friendship and subsequent unwitting rivalry with myriad background details to flesh out their world and expose how dire circumstances are.
August 06, 2014There is a plot (adapted from Oscar Wilde's famous short story of the same name), and it's a good one, but ... most important are Arbor and Swifty, played to pure perfection by little Connor Chapman and big Shaun Thomas.
January 23, 2014Clio Barnard's The Selfish Giant isn't the Oscar Wilde children's story, but more an inspired take on it in the kitchen-sink style of a Ken Loach drama.
October 10, 2014Writer-director Clio Barnard directs with ferocious maturity, galvanising "scrap" pieces of everyday life into a wonderfully cinematic whole.
January 03, 2014The 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.
January 16, 2014Ultimately, it's a sad, tough sit - but worth seeing for its gritty honesty and strong cast.
February 19, 2014"The Selfish Giant" is a story of dependence, damage and desperation, told with grit and grimy frankness. It's also a portrait of friendship born of need and emptiness, on the road to nowhere.
January 13, 2014Much of the movie is hard to bear, yet it never drags, thanks to the momentum that Barnard finds in the fable, and, above all, to the energy that she unleashes in her young leads.