Detroit Film Theatre


Sunday, March 02, 2014

4:30 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(England/2013—directed by Clio Bernard)

A modern reworking of the tale by Oscar Wilde, Clio Bernard’s assured debut feature – acclaimed at the Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals – is set in the struggling working-class town of Bradford, England, where 13-year-old Arbor and his friend Swifty, both expelled from school, fall in with a nefarious local scrap metal dealer who soon tests the limits of the boys’ friendship. The film’s richly textured detail, social and cultural awareness and delicately nuanced, naturalistic performances (especially from Conner Chapman and Shaun Thomas as Arbor and Swifty) recalls the work of the great Ken Loach (Riff-Raff, Bread and Roses) but with a daring, sometimes surprising, deeply intense new style all its own. (91 min.)

“A affectingly truthful movie that touches the heart, confirming Bernard as a major voice of the modern British cinema.” –Mark Kermode, The Observer (UK)

“One of the great modern British films.” –Nigel Andrews, Financial Times (UK)

The Selfish Giant earns all of its emotion the honest way. It’s generous and steadfast, like friendship itself.” –Stephanie Zacharek, The Village Voice
"Stunning... The Selfish Giant is boldly, broodingly cinematic." –Guy Lodge, Variety