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1,421 Ratings

Our Children

À perdre la raison

Directed by Joachim Lafosse
Belgium, Luxembourg, 2012
Drama

Synopsis

Murielle meets and falls in love with Mounir. As their family grows, frictions between Mounir and his adoptive father reach a boiling point. Helpless to extract her husband and children from the wealthy nest that is provided for them, Murielle is drawn into an unhealthy family dynamic.

Our take

Belgian auteur Joachim Lafosse directs this tragedy—based off of actual events—regarding the oppressive powers of familial bonds. Lead actress Émilie Dequenne deservedly took home the Un Certain Regard award for Best Actress from the Cannes Film Festival for her revelatory, bereaved turn. Riveting.

Our Children Directed by Joachim Lafosse

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2012 | Winner: Un Certain Regard - Best Actress

São Paulo International Film Festival

2012 | Honorable Mention: Critics' Award

César Awards

2013 | Nominee: Best Foreign Film

Shot with a hovering camera that at first conveys intimacy that grows increasingly and intentionally intrusive, this and the playful scenes that follow convey a warmth that rapidly draws you in. Mr. Lafosse, who shares screenwriting credit with Matthieu Reynaert and Thomas Bidegain, moves the story forward just as quickly.
August 01, 2013
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The way [Dequenne] goes from quiet suffocation to mental breakdown is nothing short of revelatory; watch that single-shot close-up in which a car-ride sing-along slowly becomes a crying jag, and you’ll be convinced she may be the best European actor of her generation. It’s a near-perfect portrait of a domestic tragedy as a master-and-servant psychodrama, one that leaves catastrophic collateral damage in its wake.
July 30, 2013
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Deliberately paced and relentlessly oppressive, Our Children is an intensely difficult film to watch, but is nevertheless an important artistic response to the spittle-flecked tabloid demonisation which so often accompanies such horrific – and purportedly inexplicable – cases of infanticide. Here, we’re left with more questions than answers, but LaFosse deserves immense credit for sensitively and unflinchingly exploring the conditions under which something so unspeakably awful might happen.
May 09, 2013
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