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Private Property (Nue propriete) (2007)



Critic Consensus: 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 them continue to rely on their father for money and neither one cares to leave behind the stability they have at home with Pascale. In between her fulltime job, Pascale lovingly cares for both the boys and her home, but she's also fallen in love again and is beginning to dream of a new life for herself--one that she hopes will whisk her and her lover away to a countryside B&B that they aspire to own together. But, what would seemingly be a happy time in her life takes a turn for the worse as she finds herself unable to rise from the shadow of her ex-husband and stingy children. In a bid for survival, Pascale leaves the house in the hands of Thierry and François, never suspecting that in her absence a fratricidal war would change their family forever.
Art House & International , Drama
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Yannick Renier
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Critic Reviews for Private Property (Nue propriete)

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (12)

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

September 6, 2007
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.

Full Review… | August 31, 2007
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
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.

Full Review… | August 24, 2007
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
Chicago Tribune
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Lafosse has made a mordant movie beyond genres -- and one that is too mesmerizing to miss.

Full Review… | May 30, 2007
New York Observer
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Audience Reviews for Private Property (Nue propriete)

A divorced woman and her two twin (grown) sons live on their remote estate that's meant to be theirs as long as they see to the upkeep and live there, as it's owned by her ex-husband. When mom decides that she wants to sell the place (not sure how THAT works, since her ex OWNS it) and move on, her kids freak out and tensions build to a breaking point within the household. An interesting character study, but these characters are all so bizarrely motivated it's hard to really root for anyone. Rental?

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

Filmed as if the camera is quite literally a fly on the wall, this surprisingly complex study of a damaged family is thought-provoking and ultimately devastating cinema. Lafosse creates a quietly powerful film that in other hands would have come off as a simply dark "kitchen sink" drama. Nue proriete is far more than that. Much of the film's success is thanks to an engaging and enigmatic performance by Isabelle Huppert - who, as she often manages to do, makes the viewer try to figure out what is going on behind those eyes and gestures. Profound and disturbing, Joachim Lafosse makes the audience almost feel guilty for having seen these private moments of a family on the verge of implosion.

Matty Stanfield
Matty Stanfield

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.

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