During a family meal, Cedric, 32, learns that his sister is expecting a baby. While the news is met with sincere excitement by the whole family, for Cedric – who still lives with his parents – it resonates strangely, mixed with a certain resentment.
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This is a portrait of a family with a member suffering from mental illness. The mastery of the director is to show the subtleties of the dynamics of power and affection within this human group. Thomas Blanchard really moved me with his interpretation of Cedric, the main character. The end is very interesting!
Important theme about someone who is trying to have his family understand him, but is unstable. In the end, the main point might be about learning or changing, "in the beginning of a change or solution there is always resistance, but that resistance can turn to love."
I don't understand why they all smoke cigarettes. Is It a coping mechanism? Or do most people in Belgium smoke cigarettes? I live in California, and hardly anyone I know smokes. My favorite part of this film was the yodeling. This film really isn't about smoking cigarettes or yodeling but those things stood out for me, I guess because they are so different from my world. The mental illness is not; I see that often.
The use of Françoise Hardy's "La Maison Où J'ai Grandi" was a puzzling soundtrack choice considering that both the son and the mother are basically stuck in their house. Cupers told Nicolas Gilson that "C’est une chanson que j’ai beaucoup entendue dans mon enfance" and "Cette musique fait aussi référence à une forme de nostalgie et à cette maison qui est chargée." I'm not convinced.
A bit harrowing to sit through. Families are difficult whether you have a mental disease or not. I can certainly identify with the relationship he had with his mother and sister. Not listening. The father who sympathizes. This mother was a bit of a hard-liner considering he needed special attention. Asperger's I'm guessing. I think the family needed to be educated on what to do.
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Moody and unsettling. Solid cinematography, sound and music. This film is about love, mental illness and how it can affect a family. The acting is very strong, watching the film I literally felt Cedric's loneliness, confusion, isolation and anger. It's a film about disturbed souls, destructive side of love and family interactions. This is not an easy film to watch, the topic is rather demanding, but it's worth it.