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Our Children (2013)


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

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

Average Rating: 8.8/10
Reviews Counted: 10
Fresh: 10
Rotten: 0

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


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 2,150


Movie Info

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

Art House & International , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Joachim Lafosse , Thomas Bidegain , Matthieu Reynaert
In Theaters:
Dec 16, 2013
Box Office:
DistriB Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Our Children

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (10) | 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.

Full Review… | September 19, 2013
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 8, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 5, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 2, 2013
Top Critic

At once beautifully realized and brutally uncompromising ...

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

When the inevitable happens, Lafosse's restraint provokes dread - he's given us a real psychological understanding of the unthinkable.

Full Review… | August 19, 2013
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.

Full Review… | August 13, 2013

The audience is held in a vise of claustrophobia, and every room seems full of tiny, screaming children.

Full Review… | August 2, 2013
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.

Full Review… | August 2, 2013

Lafosse's of the material has the feel of a psychological crime scene investigation.

Full Review… | August 2, 2013

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.

Full Review… | August 2, 2013
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.

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
The Dissolve

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.

Full Review… | July 31, 2013

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

Full Review… | July 31, 2013
Total Film

This is film-making of a very high order.

Full Review… | July 31, 2013

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.

Full Review… | July 31, 2013
Screen International

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

Full Review… | July 31, 2013
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.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Devastating and hard to watching places, this is an important film that will longer in the memory.

Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

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