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Our Children (2013)

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Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 38 | Rotten: 3

A wrenching, quietly violent psychodrama, Our Children has the courage to ask difficult questions, and the strength to leave the answers to the viewer.

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Average Rating: 9.2/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 0

A wrenching, quietly violent psychodrama, Our Children has the courage to ask difficult questions, and the strength to leave the answers to the viewer.

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Murielle (Emilie Dequenne) and Mounir (Tahar Rahim) love each other passionately. Ever since he was a boy, the young man has been living with Doctor Pinget (Niels Arestrup) who provides him with a comfortable life. When Mounir and Murielle decide to marry and have children, the couple's dependence on the doctor becomes excessive. Murielle finds herself caught up in an unhealthy emotional climate that insidiously leads the family towards a tragic outcome. (c) Distrib

Dec 16, 2013

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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (38) | Rotten (3)

It's an interesting way to tell a story and a devastating journey, particularly since it's based on a real-life incident.

September 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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This is a taut psychological study, based on a true story, of the complexities of personal power relationships that begins with the kind of shattering revelation that would be the conclusion of most films.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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There is no whodunit here -- the horror is plain in the opening shots -- and the how is presented with great restraint, but the why remains veiled and mysterious long after the film has ended.

August 5, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Our Children was inspired by a real-life Belgian tragedy, but director Joachim LaFosse has built that news item into his own micro-portrait of coercion dipped in kindness.

August 2, 2013 Full Review Source: NPR
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At once beautifully realized and brutally uncompromising ...

August 1, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Belgian director Joachim Lafosse paints an image of how domestic bliss turned untenable builds to a crime unforgivable in Our Children.

July 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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When the inevitable happens, Lafosse's restraint provokes dread - he's given us a real psychological understanding of the unthinkable.

August 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Challengingly takes the anti-CNN approach to a horrific crime, as upsetting . . . in trying to make the unfathomable credible. . .the film is nuanced and thoughtful.

August 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
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The audience is held in a vise of claustrophobia, and every room seems full of tiny, screaming children.

August 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

The title can refer to the children whose tragic death the film is based on but more subtly on the dependency of Mounir, a North African, on his adoptive father and that of the wife on Mounir.

August 2, 2013 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Lafosse's of the material has the feel of a psychological crime scene investigation.

August 2, 2013 Full Review Source: indieWIRE
indieWIRE

The film trades in a blank grimness that isn't emotionally involving as much as it is like watching some terrible accident you're helpless to prevent.

August 2, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

Our Children needs more heightened moments; its emphasis on quotidian frustration, while admirable (and probably accurate), just doesn't get across what ultimately made this woman snap.

August 1, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

In terms of both plot and style (a string of one-face-then-another handheld shots), Our Children stakes everything on performance.

August 1, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club

Aware that a story of such grave human weight and consequence demands to be told exactingly if it is to be told at all, Lafosse's film succeeds most profoundly by refusing to phrase the inevitable question -- how could she? -- as a rhetorical one.

July 31, 2013 Full Review Source: HitFix
HitFix

Expertly avoiding sensationalism, this potently acted drama reminds us of Jean Renoir's celebrated dictum, that everyone has their reasons.

July 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

This is film-making of a very high order.

July 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Our Children isn't simply a story of a mother with post-natal depression. It's much more oblique, and, like any family, complicated than that.

July 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

A quietly violent film that will both assault and deeply move its audience.

July 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

Audience Reviews for Our Children

Even though the first scene eliminates some of the impact that the end should cause, one cannot deny how powerful and moving this film is - and Émilie Dequenne is fantastic, conveying with such agonizing intensity the whole suffering of a depressed woman.
September 13, 2012
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