Our Children

Our Children  {À perdre la raison}
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Our Children
À perdre la raison
Belgium, 2012, 111 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Luxembourg, France, Switzerland
Topics: Drama, Romance
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: French, Arabic English Sub-Titles

Awards: Winner: Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival; Best Film, São Paulo International Film Festival

Belgium-born Murielle and Moroccan immigrant Mounir are desperately in love. The beginning of their marriage is filled with flirtatious smiles and elongated goodbyes. To save money, the couple moves in with Mounir’s adoptive father and employer, Andre. Soon it is clear that Andre and Mounir have formed a deep and complicated relationship that leaves Murielle progressively isolated. As their family grows larger with the birth of three successive daughters, Murielle’s world grows smaller, always crowded by her increasingly domineering husband and father. Crushed by the weight of the men in her life and seeming without hope, Murielle is driven to unforgiveable ends.

Shot with extreme intimacy and framed to represent Murielle’s claustrophobic and collapsing world, Our Children marks director Joachim Lafosse’s fifth and most impressive film to date. Anchored by a heartbreaking performance by Emilie Dequenne (Rosetta), and reuniting A Prophet stars Tahar Rahim and Niels Arestrup as the men in her life, the film builds effortlessly to its forgone tragic end.

Winner: Best Actress, Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Joachim Lafosse
Producer: Jacques-Henri Bronckart, Olivier Bronckart, Jani Thitges, Sylvie Pialat, Thierry Spicher
Editor: Sophie Vercruysse
Screenwriter: Joachim Lafosse, Thomas Bidegain, Matthieu Reynaert
Cinematographer: Jean-François Hensgens
Music: Adriano Giardina
Principal Cast: Emilie Dequenne, Niels Arestrup, Tahar Rahim, Beya Belal, Stephane Bissot
Filmography: Free Student (2008), Private Property (2006), Ça rend heureux (2006), Private Madness (2004)
Print Source: Les films du losanges - www.filmsdulosange.fr/en/

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