The Selfish Giant

The Selfish Giant

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Set on the outskirts of a northern English town, The Selfish Giant follows two rebellious young lads - Arbor and Swifty - and their involvement with a local scrap dealer. At first their earnings seem to roll in but as jealousy and resentment begin to drive the boys apart Arbor will resort to a desperate act of greed, the tragic consequences of which will tear apart the lives of everyone involved...

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slowleave
Feb 27, 2017

A true and moving movie that portrays life as it is for some.

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breemu
Jan 05, 2016

A sad, gritty film. Generations of poverty, grasping, and being "hard". Seeing the boys (who seem like real buddies and not just actors) playing together on a little trampoline that had a huge hole in it just summed up, for me, all the deprivation in their lives. Was surprised by the "villain" towards the end. The finale itself is vague and goes nowhere really, but that's the sad truth, more often than not, of such lives. Still haven't figured out though why it's called "The Selfish Giant"....

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Bubby0607
Dec 08, 2015

This film was fantastic. One that stays with you. Subtitles are needed.

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charlie2911
Jan 02, 2015

I agree with 2 prior comments - a very sad and thoughtful story, well acted and written. A part of life many of us never see, but it happens.

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jimg2000
Nov 26, 2014

A heartbreaking 2013 version of the fable that centered on the hard lives of two boys who were lured into the shady scrap metal trade in the economic deprived section of Bradford England; which became part of the global economy, i.e. poor children salvage commodities, such as copper or aluminum for local scrap yards, destined for ships bound for China's manufacturers.

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0cho
Oct 09, 2014

This is a very sad and real movie. You feel sorry for the low income kids, the parents, the horse, etc….It’s a good movie but have a funnier movie on hand to lift your spirits after this one. Also, I second jpozenel, you will watching this movie with subtitles. very hard to understand.

jpozenel Jun 12, 2014

I'm so glad that there were subtitles, because even if they were speaking English, I couldn't understand what anyone was saying most of the time.

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jimg2000
Nov 26, 2014

Kitten: you've got to strip it before I can take it 'cause the number on casing. See that? Bright wire. You burn it off if it's marked.
Arbor: What do you mean "marked"?
Kitten: That's what I mean, marked. Look at yous. All over you. Hands.
Arbor: How did we get that?
Kitten: SmartWater. Don't ever come back here with that shite on you.
(Note: The SmartWater company marks metal cables with coded chemical fingerprint that is only visible under ultra violet light, enabling police to pinpoint the exact location from where it came from.)

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