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Our Children Reviews

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 19, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 8, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 5, 2013
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.
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Eric Kohn
August 2, 2013
Lafosse's of the material has the feel of a psychological crime scene investigation.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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August 2, 2013
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.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 1, 2013
At once beautifully realized and brutally uncompromising ...
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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August 1, 2013
In terms of both plot and style (a string of one-face-then-another handheld shots), Our Children stakes everything on performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Debruge
July 31, 2013
Belgian director Joachim Lafosse paints an image of how domestic bliss turned untenable builds to a crime unforgivable in Our Children.
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Violet Lucca
Village Voice
July 30, 2013
Masterfully plays with stylistic conventions and all-too-common instances of real-life matricide ...
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David Fear
Time Out
July 30, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter
May 24, 2012
This gloomy and penetrating psychological drama should receive steady art house play.