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|Originaltitel:||Giant Little Ones|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 90 min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
|Anzahl der Disc:||1|
|Sprachen:||German, English (Dolby Digital 5.1)|
Film: Franky (Josh Wiggins) and Ballas (Darren Mann) are best friends They have been going through thick and thin for years, as stars of the swim team they are among the most popular boys at school and they don't have a hard time with the girls either - a life many teenagers dream of. But that changes abruptly when the two boys get sexually closer on the night of Franky's 17th birthday. After that nothing is the same anymore. Ballas is dismissive, tells Franky's girlfriend lies about that night and spreads rumours at school. Suddenly the once so popular boy finds himself exposed to nasty bullying attacks. But he also finds new friendships. For example to his father (Kyle MacLachlan), who turned out to be gay a few years ago. Although the time is difficult, Franky realizes that it is important to show him his place in life…
Canadian director Keith Behrman made a moving drama about friendship and self-discovery with "Giant Little Ones". Without swinging the moral cudgel, the film follows a boy in search of his own sexual identity. Some people in his environment find this admirable, others find it frightening. And this fear manifests itself in aggressiveness, rejection and even violence. Because Behrman shows these dark sides very clearly, his film seems a little more authentic than the audience's favourite "Love, Simon", which has a similar theme. But what both films have in common is the positive feeling they leave behind.
Even though Franky experiences bullying and violence, he doesn't let it get him down. He also makes some mistakes on his way, but all in all, what has thrown his life off track so completely makes him stronger in the end. Thanks to the very good performance of the actors the whole thing feels very realistic and also comprehensible for the viewer. Moreover, Behrmann has to give Behrmann a lot of credit for giving his movie a certain kind of lightness, despite the difficult themes, which in the end makes not only the protagonist, but also the viewer look positively into the future.
"Giant Little Ones" is a very well done coming-of-age drama, which fortunately refrains from using too obvious clichés and instead convinces with a sensitive production, very good actors and a nice story. For this there is one thing you can be sure of: Absolutely worth seeing!
Picture + sound: The contrasts seem slightly exaggerated and the colouring is determined by light tones. The image sharpness is on a good level, whereby especially in darker moments details can appear a bit blurred. The sound is present in a reserved Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, but this fits the mood of the story very well. For a small indie production like this, all this is absolutely satisfying!
Extras: As an extra, there is a short promo featurette (approx. 7 min.) with film clips and interviews in addition to the trailer.</Conclusion: "Giant Little Ones", Keith Behrman's touching coming-of-age film, tells about friendship, self-discovery and the first great love in an uninhibited and authentic way. The drama manages to effectively wrap up heavy topics without the viewer being overwhelmed by an emotional heaviness. Instead, there is a very positive feeling at the end. The DVD is technically well done, only the bonus material turned out a bit thin. All in all, however, there is one thing the movie clearly stands for: Absolutely recommendable!</p>
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