Playground

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Playground

Runtime: 72 Minutes | Rating: Not Rated
Language: French with English subtitles
Director: Laura Wandel
Cast: Maya Vanderbeque, Gnter Duret, Karim Leklou, Laura Verlinden
Genres: Drama, Women and Film, French Cinema
Distributor: Film Movement

Synopsis

In this debut feature by 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 seven-year-old Nora and her big brother Abel, we see Nora struggling to fit in before finding her place on the school yard. 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.

"A gripping psychological drama...Vanderbeque's performance is transfixing." -Jessica Kiang, Variety