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