The irrepressible Bouli Lanners’ multi award-winning and hilarious new film takes its cues
from Mark Twain, in exploring the uncharted and misunderstood world of adolescence.

Les Géants
Director: Bouli Lanners
Cast: Zacharie Chasseriaud, Martin Nissen, Paul Bartel
Duration: 84 mins
Country of Origin: Belgium

MDrug use, coarse language, sex scene and violence

The Giants

★★★★1/2
“A bittersweet charmer that announces Belgian filmmaker Bouli Lanners as a major talent. Never less than poetically cinematic. See it on the big screen.”
Lynden Barber, ABC LIMELIGHT

★★★★1/2
“Sublimely cinematic. Ranks among the genre’s best, alongside Stand By Me (1986), Grave of the Fireflies (1988) and Lord of the Flies (1963).”
Simon Foster, SBS FILMS

★★★★
“A beguiling story of friendship. Achieves a rare balance – a serious film with a comedic lining. Lanners has a rare gift for compassion tempered with sardonic wit. Superbly directed, with lovely performances from the three boys, The Giants is a satisfying dramatic glimpse of the cold modern world, but with the beauty and comedy of a folk tale.”
Paul Byrnes, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

★★★★
“Lanners explores the fragility and resilience of adolescence in this quietly composed movie, a bleak yet lyrical tale set in a lush, lost Edenic countryside in summer. Has a sense of buoyancy and hope, as well as melancholy, even in its darkest moments. These are vividly and recognisably contemporary boys, but there’s something timeless about their situation, something that links them to the past, to the world of Huckleberry Finn and the lost children of fairytales.”
Philippa Hawker, THE AGE

★★★★
“November Critics’ Choice! Beautiful and funny, it’s a bittersweet gem.”
Nick Dent, TIME OUT SYDNEY

“A picturesque adventure that inevitably recalls Mark Twain in its appreciation of the bravado, confusion and vulnerability of growing up. A visually striking film with a rare lyricism.”
John McDonald, THE AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW

“A French Stand By Me. Not only are these boys funny, the backdrop to their adventures looks amazing.”
Neala Johnson, THE HERALD SUN

★★★★1/2
“This is a beautiful film. A bittersweet, non-standard coming-of-age tale that emotionally resonates – and deeply. Directed and co-written with delicate skill by Bouli Lanners, The Giants is an experience for the senses. If the idea of a movie with a hazy plot and long silences is a turn-off, don’t let it be. This is something special.”
Annette Basile, FILMINK

WINNER – BEST FILM, DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT –
2011 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

The irrepressible Bouli Lanners’ multi award-winning and hilarious new film takes its cues from Mark Twain in exploring the uncharted and misunderstood world of adolescence.

It’s summertime. Brothers Seth (16) and Zac (“13 and three quarters”) have again been left to fend for themselves by their neglectful single mother at the family’s cottage in the verdant and isolated Luxembourg countryside. Just like every holiday before, they’ve resigned themselves to another mundane summer, but things shift dramatically after they strike up a friendship with local kid Danny, and the most perilous – and greatest – journey of their lives begins. Together, as the boys scavenge for food, steal their grandfather’s car and pursue harebrained schemes to make money, they find their bravado repeatedly punctured by the rigours of an adult world they cannot comprehend.

Lushly shot with an almost Malick-esque appreciation for the magic of nature, and filled with bittersweet humour and a feel for the rhythms of working class life, THE GIANTS is an extraordinary ode to the idleness, adventures and fears of youth.

MORE…
Writer/director Bouli Lanners talks to SBS Films’ Craig Matheson about THE GIANTS and on reassuring his mum that it’s not all based on his own youth.

Lanners talks to The Age’s Philippa Hawker.

The Sydney Morning Herald’s Garry Maddox interviews Bouli Lanners.

ABC Radio National’s Julie Rigg meets Bouli Lanners. [text & audio]

Watch a sublime clip for ‘Across the River’ by Bony King of Nowhere, taken from his original score for THE GIANTS.

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