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Our Children Reviews

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4.5/5

September 19, 2013
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

August 19, 2013
Nora Lee Mandel

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 Source: | Original Score: 7/10

August 13, 2013
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

August 8, 2013
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

August 5, 2013
Kate Muir
Times [UK]

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

Full Review Source: Times [UK]

August 2, 2013
Louis Proyect

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.

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August 2, 2013
Eric Kohn

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

Full Review Source: indieWIRE | Original Score: A-

August 2, 2013
Ella Taylor
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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.

Full Review Source: NPR

August 2, 2013
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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At once beautifully realized and brutally uncompromising ...

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 5/5

August 1, 2013
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club
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In terms of both plot and style (a string of one-face-then-another handheld shots), Our Children stakes everything on performance.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

August 1, 2013
Guy Lodge

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 Source: HitFix | Original Score: A-

July 31, 2013
Tom Dawson
Total Film

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

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

July 31, 2013
Anthony Quinn

This is film-making of a very high order.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 4/5

July 31, 2013
Fionnuala Halligan
Screen International

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 Source: Screen International

July 31, 2013
Daniel Walber
Film School Rejects

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

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: B+

July 31, 2013
Peter Debruge
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 31, 2013
Violet Lucca
Village Voice
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Masterfully plays with stylistic conventions and all-too-common instances of real-life matricide ...

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 30, 2013
David Fear
Time Out New York
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It's a near-perfect portrait of a domestic tragedy as a master-and-servant psychodrama, one that leaves catastrophic collateral damage in its wake.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 5/5

July 30, 2013
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

Suffice to say that pathos is intertwined with pathology in Lafosse's fifth feature, inspired by a true story-but Murielle's decline isn't any less full of tough home truths.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

July 1, 2013
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