The Son (Le Fils)

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Austere, finely crafted, and compelling.



Total Count: 58


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User Ratings: 3,679
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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.


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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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