THE WILD ONES
ELS NENS SALVATGES aka THE WILD CHILDREN
2012, 100 min, Spain, Dir: Patricia Ferreira

Patricia Ferreira’s elegant triptych of coming-of-age tales follows three teenage friends and their individual struggles to define themselves amidst hard family conditions and a seemingly indifferent society: Graffiti artist Alex (Alex Monner), ignored by his parents and faced with the mounting living expenses for an art grant he wins; kickboxer Gabi (Alberto Baro), who lives in fear of his domineering gym-owner father; and wealthy Oky (Marina Comas), who lives comfortably but without affection from her parents. “The sins of parents and teachers are visited on their progeny and students in THE WILD CHILDREN, a largely subtle, compassionate and perceptive take on bad education affecting a trio of Catalan teens. Helmer Patricia Ferreira's strongest work to date delivers a clear call to grownups to mend their ways, filtered through a neatly structured criss-crossing narrative... An engrossing drama as well as an urgent cry for social change.” –Variety. Winner of Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Monner) at the Malaga Spanish Film Festival. In Catalan with English subtitles.


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