Official Selection: Toronto Film Festival
Official selection: London Film Festival
Rikard is obsessed by two things: his beloved game Boules for which he is particularly gifted and being reunited with his mother with whom he was separated at birth. Rikard was also born with autism and a defect somewhat resembling that of the Elephant Man.
Despite the obvious challenges of his physical world, Rikard is utterly committed to his sport but finds some kind of emotional safety, power and strength through his friend – a 50ft giant (perhaps imaginary, perhaps not). His skill at Boules alongside those who stand by him and not seem to notice propel their team to the Scandinavian Boules finals but for Rikard the road is more fraught than for most.
The Giant is yet another excellent addition to the current worldwide “magical realism” film movement seen in such strength and numbers this year. More than a story of a person coping with a confusing and unjust community, The Giant is perhaps more about having to build our own reality to survive the narrowness of others’.