Our Children

2013

Our Children

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.

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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

Cast

Niels Arestrup
as André Pinget
Baya Belal
as Rachida
Stéphane Bissot
as Françoise
Nathalie Boutefeu
as Docteur Declerck
Yannick Renier
as Le médecin radiologie
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Critic Reviews for Our Children

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (41) | 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.

    Sep 19, 2013 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 8, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 5, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The audience is held in a vise of claustrophobia, and every room seems full of tiny, screaming children.

    Aug 2, 2013 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Lafosse's of the material has the feel of a psychological crime scene investigation.

    Aug 2, 2013 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

    indieWire
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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.

    Aug 2, 2013 | Full Review…

    Ella Taylor

    NPR
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Audience Reviews for Our Children

  • Jul 24, 2015
    There is an old saying that as embracing as family can be, it can also be a trap. With the sobering movie "Our Children," we are given the most extreme example of that possible, beginning with hints of an unspeakable crime that is eventually revealed. For Murielle(Emilie Dequenne), her own family history has been tumultuous before meeting Mounir(Tahar Rahim), as exemplified by her difficult older sister Francoise(Stephane Bissot). Even at the young age of 20, Murielle is ready to settle down with Mounir, even as she is cautioned by Mounir's stepfather Andre(Niels Arestrup) to take her time. She doesn't. Still, this is a family with its warning signs if one is looking for them. Andre is only married to Fatima(Mounia Raoui) so she could get her papers. But otherwise he has no apparent outside social life, as he is invited along to Mounir and Murielle's honeymoon. Mounir has failed his exams, so he has settled down to work in Andre's office.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • May 12, 2013
    Devastating and hard to watch in places, this is an important film that will linger in the memory.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2012
    Even though the first scene eliminates some of the impact that the end should create, we can't deny how powerful and moving this film is - and Émilie Dequenne is fantastic, conveying with such anguishing intensity the whole suffering of an emotionally depressed woman.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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