Son Frere (2004)

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Patrice Chéreau, who directed the controversial Intimacy, returns with another story of a human relationship under difficult circumstances. Thomas (Bruno Todeschini) has been estranged from his brother Luc (Eric Caravaca) for several years, due in part to Thomas' difficulties in dealing with Luc's homosexuality. But when Thomas is diagnosed with a rare blood disease, which is difficult to treat and impossible to cure, he decides he wants to bring Luc back into his life. The brothers soon become inseparable, with Luc constantly at Thomas' side as he vainly struggles against the disease and confronts the indignity of treatment. As Thomas and Luc become closer, their new relationship begins to alienate their significant others, and Thomas' father (Fred Ulysse) cannot understand why his son doesn't fight against his illness with great vehemence. Director Chéreau's work on Son Frère earned him the Silver Bear at the 2003 Berlin International Film Festival.

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The movie brings disease back to metaphoric ground zero and, in the process, links the sick and the healthy in one significant but often overlooked manner: We're all prisoners of our own bodies.

Dec 10, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

An observant little film that plays like a poignant étude.

Dec 10, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's as honest as it is agonizing.

May 20, 2004 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Both [Todeschini] and Caravaca do a great deal with very little histrionics to make auds care for two brothers who are clearly re-learning to appreciate their family ties, but who only rarely confront each other about their respective emotional journeys.

Apr 27, 2004 | Full Review…
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Just the quiet drama of two brothers, briefly reunited in their old Nantes neighborhood. Just the small essential struggle of one man, trying to make sense of a life before it's gone.

Apr 8, 2004

Hushed, clinical, grimly paced, and moving.

Apr 7, 2004 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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