Our Children
À perdre la raison
Belgium (BE), 2012, 111 minutes, SD
Our Children Synopsis

Based on true events, celebrated director Joachim Lafosse's intense, multi-layered dissection of an unorthodox family unit created an unprecedented buzz at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, and won Emilie Dequenne the prestigious Un Certain Regard Best Actress Award. OUR CHILDREN was critically heralded as one of the top art-house world cinema films of 2012 and Belgium’s official entry for the 2013 Academy Awards.


Young, effervescent and full of life, Murielle (Emilie Dequenne, Rosetta) has a promising future ahead of her when she meets and falls head over heels for Mounir (Tahar Rahim, A Prophet). A wedding soon follows, and the happy couple quickly set about preparing to make a family. However, with family come ties, and none come as tight as that between Mounir and his adoptive father (Niels Arestrup, A Prophet, Sarah's Key).


As Murielle continues to bring new life into the family, in the form of four children, frictions between Mounir and Doctor Pinget reach boiling point. Helpless to extract her husband and children from the wealthy nest that Doctor Pinget has provided for them, Murielle is drawn into an unhealthy family dynamic. Within this oppressive environment, Murielle becomes trapped and all sense of reasoning begins to abandon her.


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Reviewed by Tania123
I challenge anyone to see this utterly fascinating and beautifully ugly film, so rich with blackness and misery - I had never, and will never, see anything like it. The... more
I challenge anyone to see this utterly fascinating and beautifully ugly film, so rich with blackness and misery - I had never, and will never, see anything like it. The performances, notably that of Dequenne - are incredible. How it didn't get wider recognition I do not know. Probably because of the subject matter, based on true events. Eager to see what psyche the director confronts and unpeels next.
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