Belgium ‘Playground’ Arrives on Digital, Disc May 10
Belgium’s Official Shortlisted Oscar Entry Brings
A Child’s-Eye View To The Everyday Realities Of
Grade School In Laura Wandel’s Powerful,
Emotionally Compelling Drama
Street Date: May 10, 2022
Winner of Un Certain Regard at Cannes 2021, This Acclaimed Debut with 100% Rotten Tomatoes Score Arrives with Les corpsétrangers, a Bonus Wandel-Directed Short Film
In this debut feature by writer-director Laura Wandel, shortlisted for the Academy Award® for Best International Film, 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 and her big brother Abel, 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.
- Bonus Short Film — Les corps étrangers (Foreign Bodies) (Directed by Laura Wandel | Belgium | French with English subtitles | 15 minutes) A war photographer who lost a leg and his physical therapist help each other see their respective worlds in a new light.
Type: DVD/Digital (iTunes, Amazon, Vudu)
Running Time: 72 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1:1.85 Widescreen
Audio: 2.0 Stereo
Language: French with English Subtitles