The Giants (‘Les Géants’)

COMIC DRAMA; 1hr 24min (French with subtitles)

STARRING: Zacharie Chasseriaud, Martin Nissen, Paul Bartel, Didier Toupy

Oarsome: from left, Bartel, Nissen and Chasseriaud

Left to their own devices and stony broke besides, teenage brothers Zak and Seth (Chasseriaud and Nissen) and their similarly aimless friend Dany (Bartel) get themselves into scrape after scrape in the manner of teenagers everywhere. With their parents off God-knows-where and Zak and Seth’s late grandfather’s country house as their summer base, the boys decide, with dubious wisdom, to raise cash by leasing the place to a dope dealer (Toupy).


The kids, all intuitively great, are a foul-mouthed, scrappy worry. The dealer is Sleaze Inc. Recipes for disaster don’t come any more cut and dried, and the fates are just getting started in film-maker Bouli Lanners’s naturalistic observation of how dangerously easy it is to slip between societal cracks and the courage and resilience it can take to rise.