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Everything changes over a single summer for the kids in Sleeping Giant, a superb coming-of-age story set in Northern Ontario.
Not just the best Canadian movie of 2015, but one of the year's best films, period.
Cividino creates a volatile, captivating and singular look at adolescence, wholly free of the sanitized antics of Hollywood.
Boys will be boys, yes, but Cividino doesn't romanticize them: They can be pretty toxic, too.
What's particularly admirable here is the way the cast and filmmakers illuminate not just the wit and charm of young men, but also the callow cruelty of youth.
Sleeping Giant draws the viewer in despite the bland subject matter, making every character intriguing and maintaining suspense and the feeling of impeding trouble perfectly.
Sleeping Giant comes far closer than most teen-centric dramas to conveying the damage that young people can inflict on each other as they constantly jockey for power...
It's a film grounded in place that never quite finds its footing in plot.
More in line aesthetically with 2013's Kings of Summer than Cividino's original inspiration, Dazed and Confused, it evokes both those films' feeling of masculine camaraderie hiding real feelings.
These young actors are superb in their roles, each embodying the complexities of early teen life and the adult struggles they face without the maturity to appropriately handle.
An unfilmable concept inexplicably conquered by Cidivino, whose complex vision of youth is realized through a dizzying and intoxicating sense of boyish freedom.
While the story is about teens, it isn't made for teens. In fact, Sleeping Giant should probably be watched only by adults, who can look back knowing they somehow managed to live through those confusing, difficult, sometimes dangerous years.
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