The Son

2002, Drama, 1h 43m

59 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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Olivier (Olivier Gourmet), a carpentry instructor at a rehab facility for boys, initially turns down young Francis' (Morgan Marinne) request to apprentice with him. He eventually gives in and begins to teach the troubled teenager, but, he also takes to following the boy through the streets, watching his every move and even going so far as to break into his home. After the reason for Olivier's dark obsession is finally exposed, he realizes that he must then make a difficult decision.

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  • May 02, 2018
    Staggering and beautiful look at redemption. Gourmet is magnificent in his tour-de-force performance as a woodworker who hesitantly accepts a new kid in rehabilitation center but follows him in the streets, discreetly. Another must-see from the Dardenne brothers.
    Bert R Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2018
    Well crafted slow examination of grief and male communication.
    Gordon A Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2018
    a well told and shown story, of a young offendor being taken on by a teacher, the teachers motives, not clear at start, but he has a interest in the boy, as we follow the story, you see theres a ovious problem, or something in the past, that this teacher has, and the film shows the two work on various projects in his class, a tale that keeps everything in, and it works well, dont go looking for clear answers, but what you get is worthy of it all,
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2018
    The events are simple. The emotions are hugely complex.
    Robert F Super Reviewer

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