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Giant Little Ones

Two popular teen boys, best friends since childhood, discover their lives, families, and girlfriends dramatically upended after an unexpected incident occurs on the night of a 17th birthday party.

"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.

His 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

"Giant Little Ones is a beautiful story and serves to remind us that people should be celebrated and not bullied for who they are." - Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the Movies

"The film belongs to Wiggins, who brings an openness and sincerity to Franky's struggles that help suggest to what extent his character's specific story has elements that everybody will be able to relate to." - Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

"By intentionally withholding any concrete answers, Behrman lends [these kids'] adolescence an authenticity rarely seen." - Jared Mobarak, The Film Stage


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Directed by: 
Keith Behrman
Running Time: 
Maria Bello, Kyle MacLachlan, Taylor Hickson, Josh Wiggins
Screenplay by: 
Keith Behrman

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