empty surface mine, a grey barren looking place. There the seemingly never-ending playground turns into a setting for the usual tricks and pranks which suddenly turn deadly.
Comte and his director of photography Philippe Lesage create an eerie foreboding feel to the film's dual settings from the haunting eeriness of the abandoned rail, to the bleak and grey barren landscape of the surface mine. This sense of isolation is amplified by the absence of any other people - we are not even allowed to see the driver of the dump truck through the mine so for the viewer an increasing sense of isolation but for our two young protagonists, a huge playground with no grown ups to spoil their fun. This juxtaposition of grown up dread with child-like innocence sets up perfectly the unfolding tragedy which when it happens hits as hard as a thump to the chest.
"Fauve" is an exercise in compelling storytelling, using seemingly innocuous locations to set up and execute a story of a modern spin on the classic cry wolf tale. Grenier and Perrault as the two boys at play revel in their fun but are such good little actors that when the play turns into panic the fear and loathing tugs at the heartstrings and keeps viewer attention gripped to the end.