It's an interesting way to tell a story and a devastating journey, particularly since it's based on a real-life incident.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
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.
At once beautifully realized and brutally uncompromising ...
| Original Score: 5/5
In terms of both plot and style (a string of one-face-then-another handheld shots), Our Children stakes everything on performance.
| Original Score: B
Belgian director Joachim Lafosse paints an image of how domestic bliss turned untenable builds to a crime unforgivable in Our Children.
Masterfully plays with stylistic conventions and all-too-common instances of real-life matricide ...
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.
This gloomy and penetrating psychological drama should receive steady art house play.