A wrong-side-of-the-tracks teen and his younger sister resist their aunt's efforts to become the little girl's guardian in "Little Glory."

A wrong-side-of-the-tracks teen and his younger sister, recently orphaned, resist their aunt’s efforts to become the little girl’s guardian in Belgian helmer Vincent Lannoo’s unconvincing English-lingo debut, “Little Glory.” Hobbled by dialogue that’s deader than the undead of Lannoo’s previous “Vampires,” the pic is a misfire on multiple levels, showing neither the thesps nor director in the best light. Subject matter and style is Afterschool Special material, though the cascade of swear words will nix smallscreen play except on cable.

No one is upset when abusive alcoholic Bill (Bruce Geduldig) drops dead, least of all his 19-year-old son, Shawn (Cameron Bright) and young daughter, Julie (Isabelle Blake-Thomas). Shawn’s secretly grieving for his late mom, but isn’t exactly the responsible type, stealing car parts with friend Matt (Martin Swabey, overbearing). Still, when aunt Monica (Astrid Whettnal) wants custody of Julie, Shawn resists, and a judge gives him a month’s probationary period before making a decision. Line delivery is generally flat but the dialogue itself is mostly to blame, rarely believable and underlining every concept twice. Setting is meant to be Michigan, but the pic was shot in Canada.

Little Glory

Belgium

Production

A Steel Fish Pictures presentation of a Left Field Ventures, uFilm, Belgacom, RTBF Belgian TV production, in association with uMedia. (International sales: the Little Film Co., Studio City, Calif.) Produced by John Engel. Co-producers, Rhonda Baker, Adrian Politowski, Gilles Waterkeyn, Arlette Zylberberg. Directed by Vincent Lannoo. Screenplay, Francois Verjans.

Crew

Camera (color, widescreen), Vincent van Gelder; editor, Frederique Broos; music, Michelino Bisceglia, Stefan Liberski; production designer, Alina Santos; costume designer, Brenda Shenher. Reviewed at Rome Film Festival (Alice in the City), Nov. 2, 2011. Running time: 103 MIN.

With

Cameron Bright, Hannah Murray, Isabelle Blake-Thomas, Astrid Whettnal, Martin Swabey, Bruce Geduldig, Aaron Tavaler, Roman Blomme, John Flanders, Natasha Henry, Kool Koor. (English dialogue)

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