Sleeping Giant

Sleeping Giant

DVD - 2016
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While spending the summer in cottage country on the shores of Lake Superior, three teens cope with boredom by testing the limits of their experience.
Publisher: [Toronto, ON] : D Films, [2016]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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mamabadger56
Jun 15, 2017

A lovely, understated movie about human interaction and what lies beneath it. It's about prepubescent boys, but not a movie for children. A group of boys from different families and different backgrounds meet while on vacation at Sleeping Giant National Park - a place which provides a gorgeous background for the story, and whose scenery is sometimes used as silent commentary on the film's action. The three boys, impelled by combinations of friendship, boredom, unsettling family disruptions, and rivalry, engage in challenges and competitions that gradually intensify and become more dangerous.

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Todd66
Jun 04, 2017

A true masterpiece that just about duplicates a summer I had around that age. The freedoms given and taken away from a boy that age, and the loves and losses that went along with coming of age. It's a film I'll see again because of the reality that struck home, and probably again after that because of how well this film was made.

It may not be for everyone, that would depend on your own life experience, but I'm giving it 4 stars.

VaughanPLAlyssia Dec 05, 2016

A pitch-perfect slice of Canadiana. This is one of my favourite movies of 2016. Everything about this movie just feels so real, from the hot, listless Ontario summer to the social dynamics of the boys in their early teens. The acting is actually so realistic that I sometimes forgot I was watching a movie and not just following these kids around. And yes, this means that they are by turns nasty and heartbreaking, as teenagers are known to be. The direction is beautiful, with just the right amount of nostalgia. It’s not always easy to watch—I definitely cringed through some parts—but that’s just a testament to how honest this film is.

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Repeal_BillC_51
Oct 24, 2016

One of the best Canadian films I have ever seen. Great cast; skillful direction and an interesting soundtrack make this one a winner. A very realistic portrayal of the bravado and language that boys tend to wield during the difficult and confusing journey into adulthood. Anyone willing to brave the portrayal to the film's end would realize the hard lessons that bad behavior and coarse language can have as the shock waves and repercussions of such actions return to sender. You would be depriving your fellow viewers and yourself of the valuable moral lessons revealed by the film's end, if you were to duck-out of viewing this masterpiece through; due to squeamishness; or a sense of patriarchal/matriarchal political correctness. Yes, this truly is how boys can behave out of sight of adult supervision, this film in no way applauds or condones; it simply reveals. Beautiful and troubling.

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hdmak
Oct 03, 2016

I felt I must rate this movie as I chose it for our "family night movie" with our 15 and 13 year old son and daughter.We turned it off after about 40 minutes. I would have liked to see the ending, but could not listen to the derogatory and vulgar language (swearing) and disrespect towards girls that were in this movie. Lots of f words, lots of blatant references to oral sex, sex, drugs...Hard to watch. Disappointing. I don't think that this truly is how boys develop. Not recommended...

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gsoone
Sep 08, 2016

While spending the summer in cottage country on the shores of Lake Superior, three teens cope with boredom by testing the limits of their experience. 90%/84%

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