The Giants (15)


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This Belgian curio tells a Tom Sawyerish tale of brothers surviving on the edges of society.

Abandoned by their mother, Zak (Zacharie Chasseriaud) and Seth (Martin Nissen) pal up with fellow waif Dany (Paul Bartel) and drift about a summer landscape of abandoned farms, broken trailers and long, winding rivers.

Writer-director Bouli Lanners values patience and the silent drama of the human face, allowing his young cast all the time they need to convey insecurity, boredom, fear and the sudden emergencies of fending for oneself.

Marthe Keller provides a charming cameo as a surrogate mum.