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4.0 out of 5 stars `The Selfish Giant' is the sort of film that the British excel in
`The Selfish Giant' is British filmmaker Clio Barnard's new film, set on the same Bradford estate that featured in her debut `The Arbor'. Swifty (Shaun Thomas) and Arbor (Conner Chapman) are two thirteen year old boys, best friends who always seem to be upto something they shouldn't be in. But theirs is not merely a selfish path of youthful gratification, they know their...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a family film for a Sunday Afternoon!
Excellent Child actors....grim story but very well played out by the two main characters who you end up liking despite the background
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Jewel of a film..., 29 Mar 2014
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This beautifully filmed story is of the quality of 'Kes' and if you liked 'Kes' - you will like this. With a northern setting, some strong dialect and a very strong and sensitive cast, the film captures the unearthly beauty of some urban landscapes and the loyalty and resilience of childhood - against all odds. Don't miss it. A film you will want to watch again and again...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 24 Mar 2014
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Just a brilliant British film with a good British cast in it aswell the two young boys played brilliant parts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Simple but effective storyline, 21 Mar 2014
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Story was simple and had an element of life about it. It was British and it did not have shooting or violence as it's main theme. The messages were very clear
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5.0 out of 5 stars Film to look forward to watching., 19 Mar 2014
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I wasn't sure about this film, bought it because of the really good ratings but was not disappointed. Really enjoyed it and would certainly recommend to others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab film, 19 Mar 2014
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What a film, these two boys should have gotten an award they were so good. If you have not had time to see it get a copy you will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Selfish Giant, 11 Mar 2014
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Wonderful. Whilst totally different to the Oscar Wilde story of the same name, this, nevertheless, is a story of love and forgiveness. You will wonder what is happening in this film, until you witness the unexpected events. This is a reminder of how harsh life can be for people, but also a reminder to us all of the things that really matter. It is very absorbing and moving and superbly acted. Not one for young children as there are some upsetting scenes. Have a box of tissues handy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars must see, 9 Mar 2014
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OMG this is so so so good.

Clio Baranard is a great director and this cast is superb. I really enjoyed it and cant wait to see more from her.

The 2 child actors were really good and the supporting adult cast including Downtons Mrs Obrien excel

Wonderful all around
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5.0 out of 5 stars Film of the year, 8 Mar 2014
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Wow, i love these down to earth british films but this was something else, amazing acting from the two young leads, sometimes i found it funny, sometimes very sad but just one of the best movies i have seen in years. We need more films like this
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting insights, 8 Mar 2014
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If one takes this as an representation of a part of society - and it may well not be - then it offers interesting insights into life there. But, even without that, the performances were gripping and the film worthwhile viewing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic make sure you watch this, 6 Mar 2014
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What a fantastic film. Life in Bradford as it really is for a lot of youngsters. It is essential viewing.
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