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Private Property (Nue propriete)

Private Property (Nue propriete) (2007)

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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 9

Private Property overcomes its slow pace with tight direction from Joachim Lafosse and an intriguing performance from Isabelle Huppert.

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Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 3

Private Property overcomes its slow pace with tight direction from Joachim Lafosse and an intriguing performance from Isabelle Huppert.

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A beautiful old farm in Belgium is home to Pascale and her twin sons Thierry and François . Although loving and ostensibly supportive of one another, each is still reeling from the divorce that divided the family some years earlier. Now in their late teens, the boys, to some extent, have begun to move in different directions. Thierry has chosen to continue his studies by enrolling in a local university, but François' passion remains in his incessant renovation of the family house. The two of

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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (9) | DVD (6)

The effect of all this acting out is less erotic than helplessly childish.

September 6, 2007 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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An impeccably acted character drama revolving around a mother and her teenage twin sons, Private Property shows how strong and how terrifying the bonds within families can be.

August 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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It wouldn't be accurate to call Private Property a thriller, but it has a slow-burning intensity that's oddly suspenseful, and it shifts gears effectively once the tense family dynamic suddenly changes.

August 27, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
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What draws us into "Private Property" is how so many things happen under the surface, never commented upon. At any given moment, we cannot say for sure what the characters fully feel, since they often act at right angles to their emotions.

August 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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[Director] Lafosse's frustrating, yet beautifully elegiac coda emphasizes the point that his production and storytelling style have been making throughout: Private Property is about processes, not conclusions.

August 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Sometimes the path of excess leads not to the tower of wisdom, but to exhaustion.

August 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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Intense and very involving drama by Belgian director Joachim Lafosse.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Brilliantly acted but oppressively dour.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Ingeniously uncomfortable but occasionally too opaque, Private Property is a darkly inventive family drama.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Thanks to the acuity of their performances, the old adage "You always hurt the ones you love" rings new and true.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Huppert is superb, her lonely heroine both sympathetically vulnerable and yet also slightly culpable for her sons' terribly selfish behaviour.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

Save the effort by asking the neighbours if you can come round for ten minutes every night for a week. A wet week. Before pay day.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

There's not a wasted word and the performances are impressive in Joachim Lafosse's hugely impressive film.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Once again Europe shows Hollywood how to put together a funny, sexy, scary, thought-provoking drama and pack it into 90 intense minutes

November 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Comment (1)
Filmcritic.com

Lafosse gives it an arbitrary rest without clearing up a few mysteries, which unfortunately means he doesn't have to acknowledge or deal with them.

September 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

French actress Isabelle Huppert has made a career out of playing women on the verge of ... something. Suicide, nervous breakdowns, disastrous affairs -- you name it, Huppert's characters have had it.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The conflicts that unfold within this both familiar and eccentric family provide a portrait of such delicacy and dramatic illumination, that one can almost forgive Lafosse for yet another bad mommy blame game on screen when it comes to society's ills.

June 6, 2007 Full Review
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[Director] Lafosse's razor sharp dissection of relationships strained to the breaking point is hypnotic in a road-accident kind of way.

May 22, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Private Property (Nue propriete)

Tough to watch this family disintegrate before our eyes, but that is what we are asked to do. Pascale (Isabelle Huppert) has indulged her adult twin sons, the dreamy Francois (Yannick Renier) and the brutish Thierry (Jeremie Renier), all of their lives, so is it any surprise that they seem to have an over-inflated opinion of themselves? When Pascale suggests her idea to sell the family home and move, we realize that this family seems to have lost any ability to converse without rancor and because of that, the viewing experience was not very pleasant. The cast worked together very well, the scenery was lovely, but the story irritated more than entertained.
December 1, 2010
Mark Abell

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[font=Century Gothic]In "Private Property", Pascale(Isabelle Huppert) lives with her two grown sons, Thierry(Jeremie Renier) and Francois(Yannick Renier), in a large house in the country that was purchased by her ex-husband, Luc(Patrick Descamps). That having been said, she does not want to have anything to do with him, even ten years after their divorce. She has recently gotten involved with a neighbor, Jan(Kris Cuppens), and is now looking to do something new with her life which leads her to dreaming of opening a bed and breakfast. In order to get the money for this, she plans on selling the house which does not go over too well with anybody...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Private Property" is an intriguing little number about the lingering effects of divorce on a family. To be more precise, it is not the divorce itself but the way this one was handled, as neither parent took control in the situation and the boys were caught in the middle of a perpetual tug-of-war. So, in the end they were spoiled by both parents and were never given a full chance to mature. Now, they are at an age where most young men would be impatient to move out to claim their own lives, but instead they stay at home most of the time playing video games, dependent on their parents for petty cash and rides into town. Pascale reinforces this by behaving around them as if they were small children.[/font]
May 27, 2007
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