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Our Children (2013)



Critic 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
Art House & International , Drama
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Tahar Rahim
as Mounir
Niels Arestrup
as André Pinget
Émilie Dequenne
as Murielle
Baya Belal
as Rachida
Stéphane Bissot
as Françoise
Duncan Smith
as Fatima
Nathalie Boutefeu
as Docteur Declerck
Yannick Renier
as Le médecin radiologie
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Critic Reviews for Our Children

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (11)

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… | September 19, 2013
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

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… | August 8, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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… | August 5, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 2, 2013
Top Critic

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… | August 2, 2013
Top Critic

At once beautifully realized and brutally uncompromising ...

August 1, 2013
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Our Children

Devastating and hard to watch in places, this is an important film that will linger in the memory.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer


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.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer


I was very spectacle within the first half hour, watching life through different speeds and the start of a family, clearly leading to a tragedy. The the first hour is absent of any real lessons or deep morals and only demonstrates the struggles of having young children. Arestrup and Rahim work magic together again, and obviously have learned to have some of the greatest on screen chemistry between an elder and a young man in the last decade, thanks to the writing of Thomas Bidegain. Within the second half of the film you really get to see the tension, the somewhat psychotic lifestyle that is taking place. The normal struggles of a family become terrifying realizations of hostile behavior, anxiety and depression. Without real patience and any interest in dysfunctional situations, someone might find this film 'boring' and possibly even decide not to finish, but I would see that as a regretful decision.

Ryan Klinen
Ryan Klinen

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