Sleeping giant

Sleeping giant is certainly not your typical teenage coming-of-age movie. Canadian director Andrew Cividino’s debut feature was filmed in a small Ontario resort town. Shy and reserved 15-year-old Adam (Jackson Martin) is spending his summer vacation with his two new friends, cousins Nate and Riley (real life cousins Nick Serino and Reece Moffett). Those boys are decidedly less shy and tougher than Adam. Nate is particularly nasty, he is foul-mouthed, he seems angry most of the time, and both cousins challenge Adam to come out of his shell by playing rough and dangerous games. They smoke pot and steal beer from a store. Adam seems confused about his feelings. Although it he may still like girls, it looks as if he has also developed a crush on Riley. One night, Riley sees Adam’s dad (David Disher) kissing another woman. Adam finds out and confronts his dad, but does not tell him mom. When Riley starts dating Adam’s best friend, Taylor (Katelyn McKerracher), both Nate and Adam become jealous. This damning look at the cruelty of youth is totally believable and seems accurate because of the three young leads. The mostly improvised conversations are so real that it is a total surprise to find out that Sleeping giant is Serino and Moffett’s first feature film. (Trivia: Their grandmother is player by Serino and Moffett’s real life grandmother, Rita Serino) There are a few moments in the film that are predictable, but for the most part, it is exactly right and fresh.

Rémi-Serge Gratton

Sleeping giant

Directed by:
Andrew Cividino

Screenplay by:
Andrew Cividino
Blain Watters
Aaron Yeger

Starring:
Jackson Martin
Reece Moffett
Nick Serino
David Disher
Katelyn McKerracher

89 min.

Rated 14A

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