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Giant Little Ones

Love without labels, live without regrets.

Adolescents face enormous pressure to make life-defining decisions every day, and they want to lock in their identities sooner than later. All of this pressure is exacerbated by physical and social changes. Franky (Josh Wiggins), the hero of Keith Behrman’s exquisite and generous Giant Little Ones, is under more pressure than most.

Poster for the coming-of-age drama Giant Little OnesHis life was altered when his father (Kyle MacLachlan) left his mother (Maria Bello) for a man. Franky is left confused and angry toward his father for breaking up the family. Things are further confused for Franky when his wild birthday party ends in a sexual encounter that no one – including his best friend and girlfriend – could have imagined. As Franky’s world crumbles, he and his friends are forced to decide what kind of people they want to be.

A sensitive and touching look at that point in adolescence when freedom is both intoxicating and terrifying (and feelings are both elegiac and erotic), Giant Little Ones is driven by extraordinary young talents as well as great work by veterans MacLachlan, Bello, and Peter Outerbridge and the subtle, evocative directorial touch of Behrman.

– Steve Gravestock, Toronto International Film Festival

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