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 centre, in the streets, in his building? Why does Oliver seem so interested in him and so afraid of him? By the acclaimed Dardenne brothers.
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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.
The camera work! Boy i'm still out of breath. It's like Olivier Gourmet is bound to explode at any given moment. I love that...but it was all so subtle...I waited 10 years to see this...I did not see it when it first came out, but it was well worth the wait...
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.
A really strong story, in this this film morality and human values are questioned. The story is build in the relationship between a lonely and divorced carpentry teacher (who works in a rehabilitation center to juvenile delinquents) and his new student, who is the killer of his only son. Dardenne Brothers are the masters of social realism.