Our Children

Dir.: Joachim Lafosse | Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland 2012 | 111 min

Belgium's official Oscar candidate 'Our Children' is an unforgettable, grim tale of a young couple's inescapable downfall. Already from the very first sequence it becomes clear that there will not be a happy ending. Four small coffins are carried onto an aircraft, and thus the chilling mood is set. The Moroccan Mounir and French Murielle are in love, and his youthful exuberance makes Mounir propose to his beautiful girlfriend. In spite of initial resistance, the impending wedding is accepted by Mounir's rich adoptive father, the doctor André, and he also offers the couple, which soon turns into a small family, to live in his house. Mounir and Murielle are content with the comfortable arrangement, but as they become more and more dependent on André's financial goodwill, they discover that everything comes at a price. Mounir reacts snappily to his wife, who slides further and further into a fatal depression. Joachim Lafosse, who was also behind the PIX'09 hit 'Private Lessons', makes a virtue out of not succumbing to obvious sentimental shortcuts, but guides his chilling drama with such a confident hand, that it is impossible to remain unaffected by it.

Original Title
A Perdre La Raison
Title
Our Children
Country
Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland
Release Year
2012
Duration
111 min.
Directors
Joachim Lafosse
Producer
Jacques-Henri Bronckart, Olivier Bronckart, Jani Thiltges, Sylvie Pialat, Thierry Spicher
Script
Cast
Niels Arestrup, Tahar Rahim, Emilie Dequenne, Baya Belal, Stéhane Bissot, Mounia Raoui, Redouane Behache, Yannick Renier, Nathalie Boutefeu
Camera
Jean-François Hensgens
Sound
Henri Maikoff, Ingrid Simon, Thomas Gauder
Editor
Sophie Vercruysse
Production Company
Versus
Version
Dialogue: French English Subtitles
Tempo
4
Thrills
6
Sighs
7
Laughs
1
Look
5
Food for thought
5