Giant Little Ones

a KEITH BEHRMAN picture

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Title

Giant Little Ones

Director

Keith Behrman

Producer

Allison Black

Nationality

Canada

Year

2018

Duration

94'

Language

English

Format

5.1

Ratio

2.35

Original Title

Giant Little Ones

Synopsis

Synopsis

 

Franky Winter (Josh Wiggins) and Ballas Kohl (Darren Mann) have been best friends since childhood. They are high school royalty: handsome, stars of the swim team and popular with girls. They live a perfect teenage life – until the night of Franky’s epic 17th birthday party, when Franky and Ballas are involved in an unexpected incident that changes their lives forever.

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Press

"This is a confidently shot and beautifully acted story that manages to transcend quite a few of the coming-of-age genre’s cliches by delving into how the Millennial generation experiences sexuality, ostracism and growing up and how they try to relate to their parents and peers."

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"Behrman’s Giant Little Ones is great because of this fact. He doesn’t purposefully make Franky gay so Ballas can be the toxic male rejecting it, nor does he make Ballas gay so Franky can be his victim. Both are rendered with a confusing headspace that chooses to leave their sexuality open-ended. Characters like Mouse and Michael embrace their deliberate labels so these two boys at the film’s center don’t have to fill that role and thus ruin the complex uncertainty that proves an infinitely more intriguing experience. Behrman also deals with emotional scarring in an impressively sensitive way whether Natasha facing the disparity between what her body is willing to do opposite expectations of what it should or Carly carefully traversing the minefield Ray’s coming out left behind."

THE FILM STAGE

"Finally a film about teenage sexuality and its inherent fluidity that has something authentic and intelligent to say. (…) There are some great performances, especially Josh Wiggins as Frankie. Writer/director Keith Behrman deserves plaudits for crafting a tale teeming with insight and poignancy that has something to say."

THE TORONTO STAR

"Giant Little Ones’ advocacy for empathy is warmly argued."

"Giant Little Ones distinguishes itself, finding some emotional truth in potentially familiar scenes. (…) There’s a rawness to the portrayals that feels appropriate to these teenage characters. The film reminds viewers that, for younger people, those first adolescent brushes with hormones, insecurity and attraction occur without the benefit of perspective."

SCREEN DAILY

"Giant Little Ones is bright, vibrant and youthful. It is a classic coming-of-age teenage drama that manages to carve out space for a tender exploration of sexuality and identity."

EXCLAIM

"Giant Little Ones is an ode to adolescence and self-acceptance that will reach a broad audience. Not only is it smart, it truly is a touching film that captures the various ups and downs of life and its many relationships."

THE REAL ROUNDUP

"Handsomely shot and fluidly edited."

SPECTRUM CULTURE

"Moving… the film stuns and surprises is through its nuanced approach."

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“A classic high school tale of outsiders finding themselves while looking in, bullied and beaten for daring to “experiment,” to be different. The images are sumptuously saturated and gorgeously crafted, and the soundtrack thrums and whines with anxiety and racing pulse…"

LOS ANGELES TIME

Festivals
& Awards

Toronto International Film Festival
People's Choice Award nominee

Busan International Film Festival

Göteborg International Film Festival
Best International Film

Tallin Black Nights Film Festival

Thessaloniki Film Festival

Vancouver International Film Festival

Guadalajara International Film Festival

Mardi Gras Film Festival (Sydney)

Off Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema

Canadian Film Festival
Madrid

Seoul Pride Film Festival

Cast & Crew

Josh Wiggins
Darren Mann
Taylor Hickson
Maria Bello
Kyle MacLachlan
Niamh Wilson
Hailey Kittle
Written and Directed by Keith Behrman
Producer Allison Black
Cinematography Guy Godfree
Editor Sandy Pereira
Music Michael Brook

Releases

Canadia - Mongrel Media

22.03.2019

US - Mongrel Media

01.03.2019

UK - Lionsgate

21.03.2019