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Cinema

Playground (15)

Director: Laura Wandel
Cast: Maya Vanderbeque, Günter Duret, Lena Girard Voss
Language: French
Country of Origin: Belgium
Year: 2021
Running Time: 72m

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Nora (Maya Vanderbeque), an anxious 7-year-old, must return to school despite her distress and longing to stay with her dad (Karim Leklou). Despite Nora’s age, she soon becomes responsible for her older brother, Abel (Günter Duret), who is being tormented by the other kids. This puts Nora in a quandary – should she tell the adults or remain silent out of solidarity with her brother? Once Nora discovers Abel soaking wet, she feels compelled to take-action, but just makes things worse.  An eventual confrontation between Nora and Abel leads to a startling climax.

A claustrophobic portrait of pre-adolescent turmoil, this is an exceptionally taut drama. It’s Wandel’s debut feature, and it feels like she’s been preparing for it her whole life.
★★★★★ Alex Godfrey, Empire Magazine
A beautiful film.
★★★★ Tom Shone, Sunday Times

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