When their mother Pascale (Isabelle Huppert) decides to sell the family home, twins Thierry and François (Jérémy and Yannick Renier) realize that they must begin to live their adult lives. Their intensely close relationship then transforms into a fratricidal war…
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Powerful piece. A predictably on the edge Hupert, a bunch of adults behaving like glorified 6 year old children making the most unremarkable characters -- the partners, outsiders to the family -- look utterly remarkable. The ending is well managed, and not really an ending. Brilliant music in the last scene.
The recurring dinner scenes are understated and compelling as the family battleground. Huppert superb as always. The tense intrigue of the start fizzles by the end, however, and we're left unsatisfied.
This intelligently modest tale about the complexity of family relationships is essentially a difficult emotional balancing act, an endeavour I.Huppert excels at. Less morally didactic than the Dardennes' early ventures into filmmaking, it is intense yet never so much as to become viscerally/forcefully extreme. The final shot with Caine's ethereal version of Mahler's "Primal Light" is too sublime to be comprehended.
Isabelle Huppert gives a typically superb performance as the mother of two difficult sons in this edgy and uncomfortable drama of family dysfunction. Like contemporary directors Michael Haneke and Joanna Hogg, Joachim Lafosse seems adept at handling themes of domestic tension, resentment and a barely repressed undercurrent of violence.
The movie is so organically put together that you can feel the grotesque chemistry between the characters.As the movie moves forward you almost get to witness them merging into one, with as many faces, as characters in the story.Loved the organic feel of the movie, loved Huppert's acting and loved the way the tension rises with the ritualistic pace of the movie,with its repetitive little settings like the mealtimes.
Interesting look at mother-son dynamics. Some very interesting stuff going on here. The acting is so sensitive. The bothers are great! Huppert (as always) is flawless. I've never seen another film quite like this one.