The Son (Le Fils) (2003) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Son (Le Fils) (2003)



Critic Consensus: Austere, finely crafted, and compelling.

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Olivier, a carpentry instructor at a vocational training center for troubled boys, has his world turned upside down with the arrival of Francis, a mysterious 16-year-old. Unbeknownst to Francis, a past tragedy, involving Olivier's son, connects him to his new teacher. When Olivier's ex-wife, Magali, is told of the boy's existence she is horrified. Olivier becomes obsessed, stalking the boy, furtively, while struggling to maintain a professional distance in his presence. As the secret that Bond's Olivier to the Francis is revealed, Olivier is thrown further into a conflicted world in which he is forced to take a journey of profound emotional and moral complexity.


Remy Renaud
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Critic Reviews for The Son (Le Fils)

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (19)

Fails to provide enough tension to draw us into what, at first, seems a properly chilling crime drama.

April 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4

If you have to pick between movies about the spiritual passion of tortured carpenters, make this the one.

April 2, 2004 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A substantial story about how one man handles his personal turmoil.

September 25, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

[Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's] most gripping film to date.

July 25, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4

A miraculously straightforward drama of deep symbolism and lingering power.

June 12, 2003 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

It's spring-loaded with tension and driven by agonizing moral choice.

April 25, 2003 | Rating: A-

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[font=Century Gothic]In "The Son", Olivier(Olivier Gourmet) is a carpentry instructor at a work center. At first, he decides against adding a new student to his class but a meeting with his ex-wife(Isabella Soupart) changes his mind. Olivier then becomes intensely curious about his new student...[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"The Son" is a tense drama that is filmed with handheld cameras, so the viewer is looking at Olivier's point of view throughout the film. The Dardenne brothers do a very good job at capturing the complex emotions at play.[/font]

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