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The Tough Guys

De tøffeste gutta

Directed by Christian Lo

  • Ages:
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • Grades:
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7

Considering himself to be a superhero, eleven-year-old Modulf deliberately attracts the attention of the school bullies in order to protect his fellow students — but when his new friend Lise gets in serious trouble after trying to bring the bullies to justice, he's forced to choose between being a superhero or a good friend.

Filmmaker Christian Lo in attendance, April 13 & 15 screenings.

Eleven-year-old Modulf gets bullied every day at school, but he wouldn't have it any other way: considering himself a modern-day superhero, he believes that he is protecting his fellow students by attracting all the bullies' attention. Lise, the new girl at school, soon learns of Modulf's self-imposed responsibility and decides that the bullies should be brought to justice. But when the pair finds themselves in some serious trouble, Modulf is forced to choose between being a superhero, or a good friend.

Themes: Bullying, decision-making, friendship

Content Advisory: Verbal bullying/strong language, physical bullying/violence, visible physical injuries, genitals caught in zipper (unseen, comedic)

Director(s): Christian Lo
Rating: PG
Language: Norwegian
Year: 2013
Country: Norway
Runtime: 74 minutes
Ages: 10 to 12
Grades: 5 to 7


Director Biography: Christian Lo

Christian Lo

Christian Lo holds a bachelor's degree in film and video production from the Surrey Institute of Art & Design University College (now University for the Creative Arts) in England. There, he wrote and directed his graduation film Punctured (01). Since then he directed three other award-winning short films for children — Iver (04), Ramp (05), and Baluba Runa (07) — before making his feature film debut with the children's film Rafiki (09). The Tough Guys (13) is his second feature.