The Selfish Giant

The Selfish Giant

DVD - 2014
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A contemporary fable about two scrappy 13-year-old working-class friends in the UK who seek fortune by getting involved with a local scrap dealer and criminal, leading to tragic consequences.
Publisher: New York : MPI Media Group, c2014
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC SEL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 91 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Nov 06, 2018

Clio Barnard elicits performances from her remarkable young leads which ring true on every level. From their quotidian jostling right up to that horrendous climax, Conner Chapman (Arbor) and Shaun Thomas (Swifty) exhibit a streetwise savvy and pathetic naïvety which seem as natural as the abandoned warehouses and rickety apartment blocks that delineate their lives. In the pivotal role of scrap dealer Kitten, Sean Gilder becomes the giant in miniature with a locked gate and snapping dog protecting his garden of rusting metal wherein shady deals are made and youth is corrupted. Yet Barnard still sees a poetic beauty amidst the grime as sheep and horses graze contentedly beneath skies either strewn with stars or laden with grey mist through which cooling towers drift in and out of focus. And running throughout the countryside ubiquitous power lines crackle and hum like an implacable force of nature unto themselves. Even the film’s final tragedy is gentled somewhat into a transformative event which may not lead to Paradise as in Wilde’s tale but at least opens up the possibility of an earthbound deliverance. Beautifully realized and emotionally jarring. A warning however: if you’re not familiar with the Yorkshire dialect be sure to enable the subtitle option.

Feb 27, 2017

A true and moving movie that portrays life as it is for some.

Dec 08, 2015

This film was fantastic. One that stays with you. Subtitles are needed.

Jan 02, 2015

I agree with 2 prior comments - a very sad and thoughtful story, well acted and written. A part of life many of us never see, but it happens.

Nov 26, 2014

A heartbreaking 2013 version of the fable that centered on the hard lives of two boys who were lured into the shady scrap metal trade in the economic deprived section of Bradford England; which became part of the global economy, i.e. poor children salvage commodities, such as copper or aluminum for local scrap yards, destined for ships bound for China's manufacturers.

Oct 09, 2014

This is a very sad and real movie. You feel sorry for the low income kids, the parents, the horse, etc….It’s a good movie but have a funnier movie on hand to lift your spirits after this one. Also, I second jpozenel, you will watching this movie with subtitles. very hard to understand.

jpozenel Jun 12, 2014

I'm so glad that there were subtitles, because even if they were speaking English, I couldn't understand what anyone was saying most of the time.


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Nov 26, 2014

Kitten: you've got to strip it before I can take it 'cause the number on casing. See that? Bright wire. You burn it off if it's marked.
Arbor: What do you mean "marked"?
Kitten: That's what I mean, marked. Look at yous. All over you. Hands.
Arbor: How did we get that?
Kitten: SmartWater. Don't ever come back here with that shite on you.
(Note: The SmartWater company marks metal cables with coded chemical fingerprint that is only visible under ultra violet light, enabling police to pinpoint the exact location from where it came from.)

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