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Info: PLAYGROUND

PLAYGROUND (NR)
1 hrs, 12 mins
RELEASE:
02/11/2022
CAST:
Maya Vanderbeque, Günter Duret, Karim Leklou, Laura Verlinden
DIRECTOR:
Laura Wandel

TICKETS / San Francisco / Opera Plaza Cinema

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In this debut feature from writer/director Laura Wandel, the everyday reality of grade school is seen from a child's-eye-view as an obstacle course of degradation and abuse. Following 7-year-old Nora (Maya Vanderbeque) and her big brother Abel (Günter Duret), we see Nora struggling to fit in before finding her place on the schoolyard. One day, she notices Abel being bullied by other kids, and though she rushes to protect him by warning their father, Abel forces her to remain silent, while he endures more humiliation and harassment by his peers. Transposing the gritty realism of such filmmakers as Jacques Audiard and the Dardennes Brothers to the inner world of kids, Wandel crafts an empathetic and visceral portrait of the cruelty of children, and the failure of adults to protect them. This acclaimed drama from Belgium was shortlisted for Academy Award consideration for Best International Feature Film. (Fully subtitled)

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