Our Children (2012)
Average Rating: 7.6/10
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This gloomy and penetrating psychological drama should receive steady art house play.
An exceptional performance by Emilie Dequenne dominates this powerful drama inspired by the harrowing case of Brussels mother of five Geneviève Lhermitte.
This is masterful, unsettling filmmaking that moves us deeply. It also has the power to save lives.
It's a quiet, immaculately acted study of appalling cruelty committed unconsciously by those who believe they're acting in the best interest of others.
Harrowing... Fantastic performances are part of why this is such an unsettling film...
Dequenne is simply one of best actors on the planet. Her portrayal of baby blues and postnatal psychosis is as subtle as it is devastating.
Tense, slow-burning and handled with impeccable discretion Our Children offers a piercing and compassionate glimpse into the unthinkable.
As the walls close in we believe this young wife might end up gasping for air. We even believe she might yearn to take the kids, not just herself, to a better place.
[An] inexpressibly painful drama, with a classic resonance, which Belgian director and co-writer Joachim Lafosse based on a news story.
It's not an easy watch, but Lafosse - who made the excellent mother-and-twins study Private Property (2006) - unpicks the family dynamics with moving candour.
A film which tackles serious issues that are both intensely personal and widely political, but which fails to offer understanding of subjects which are perhaps simply incomprehensible.
A drab, gloomy drama that doesn't provide any real enlightenment about why something so awful could happen.
With Our Children, Joachim Lafosse seems hellbent on avoiding any hint of sensationalism.
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- Our Children (A perdre la raison) (DE)
- Our Children (A perdre la raison) (UK)