Who is that boy named Francis? If Olivier refused to take him into his carpentry workshop, why has he taken to following him in the training center hallways, in the streets, in his building? Why is Oliver so interested in him? Why does Oliver seem so afraid of him?
Through forced spurts of dialogue and unexplained actions, Olivier’s connection to the boy is slowly and painfully revealed. The Son meditates on its own static tension, turning suspense into a gripping plotline all its own. Gourmet’s performance is pointed and perfect, and it earned the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002.
After studying drama in the arts institute, Jean Pierre Dardenne and his brother Luc made some videos about the rough life in blue-collar small towns in the Wallonie. After their meeting with filmmaker Armad Gatti and cinematographer Ned Burgess, they decided to enter in the movie business.
In 1978 they shot their first documentary, Le chant du rossignol, about the resistance against the Nazis during the second world war in Belgium. In 1986 they shot their first fiction movie, Falsch, about a Jewish family massacred by the Nazis. After their second movie, Je pense a vous, they released La Promesse, a movie about inmigration in Belgium. The film was a success worldwide winning awards in many festivals.
In 1999 they had another hit with Rosetta, that won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Festival. The movie tells the story of a blue collar worker with an alcoholic mother who tries to have a better life in a small belgium city.
In 2002, they came back to Cannes with their… read more
Characterizing themselves as “one person with four eyes,” Belgian filmmaker Luc Dardenne and his older brother Jean-Pierre rose to the forefront of international art cinema in the 1990s with such uncompromising, socially aware dramas as La Promesse (1996) and Rosetta (1999), depicting life in Belgium’s depressed industrial region near Liège on the Meuse River.
Born in Awirs, Dardenne grew up in a middle-class family in the working-class steel town Seraing. With schools closed during strikes, Dardenne was exposed to the upheavals of the 1960s labor movement during his formative years. While still in school, Dardenne frequently visited his older sibling in Brussels, where Jean-Pierre was studying acting under playwright Armand Gatti. Gatti, who often used nonprofessional actors, invited Luc to join his acting troupe. Though he got his degree in philosophy in the early ’70s, Luc was inspired by his time with Gatti to explore the creative and political possibilities of film and video… read more
Art as a reflection of life. The Dardennes seem to have this magical way of making seemingly simple stories completely and totally riveting. The acting, emotions and visuals are magical, as expected but the one thing about this film, compared to the other two I've seen by them that's very different is the suspense. This film is very suspenseful. Personally I loved it. Favorite film I've seen by them this far.
It's a work of admirable honesty, challenging not particularly because of its overall complexity but because of it's piercing clarity of vision, it doesn't ask for our attention as much as our understanding and empathy, since the moral and emotional ordeal lying at the very heart of the film can be easily overlooked if one fails to acknowledge their likeness in spirit to that of the main character.
The Son is such an incredibly simple film that it’s hard to believe you don’t see movies like it more often. But then again, I feel the same way whenever I read a short story by… read review
I can hardly think of a film less cinematic or as uneventful as The Son. From the drab visual palette to the stone-faced acting and plodding storytelling, it is a film that laughs defiantly in the… read review