The Giant

Dir.: Johannes Nyholm | Sweden, Denmark 2015 | 90 min

Rikard has not exactly been on best terms with destiny. Born deformed and autistic, he was separated from his mother as a child, and now, 30 years later, he is also thrown out of the petanque club in Södermalme – after almost being killed by a stray steel ball. But Rikard doesn't give up that easily. He is convinced that he will be reunited with his mother, if only he wins the Nordic petanque championship. And he has both his friend Johan and a 60 meter high giant on his side. Already in his quirky shorts, Johannes Nyholm has proven himself as a talent to be reckoned with, and his feature film debut is a beautiful bastard, which dares more than most others. There is a bit of early von Trier (think 'The Kingdom' and 'Idiots') about the film's first half, which among other things takes place in Rikard's sheltered housing. But there is also an insistence and sincere feelings in the midst of all the cringe-inducing embarrassments, and a willingness to let realism mix with fable, like when Rikard's final opponent in the petanque championships is actually played by a real-life Danish champion. And then there is Rikard's big, adventurous friend, who smoulders in the background and makes sure that we don't take anything for granted. Life is a gift and a mystery.
The important thing is to go for it. And to, in the midst of loneliness, find the courage to be your own hero and giant. All we say is: Zughi.

Original Title
Jätten
Title
The Giant
Country
Sweden, Denmark
Release Year
2015
Duration
90 min.
Directors
Johannes Nyholm
Producer
Morten Kjems Hytten Juhl
Script
Cast
Christian Andrén, Johan Kylén, Anna Bjelkerud, Linda Faith
Camera
Johan Lundborg
Editor
Morten Højbjerg, Johannes Nyholm
Music
Björn Olsson
Production Company
Beofilm ApS
Version
Dialogue: English Subtitles
Tempo
3
Thrills
2
Sighs
6
Laughs
7
Look
3
Food for thought
5