Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Son (2002) NR - 3 Stars

In French subtitles, this is a gripping movie about the patience of a teacher and learning of a young boy. Patient because the young boy has murdered the teachers son, done his time in prison and now trying to start over again.

Olivier (Olivier Gourmet) is a carpenter and an instructor at a vocational training center for troubled boys. He teaches the craft to these boys so they have a skill to find them work in the future. A new boy Francis (Morgan Marinne), joins the class and Olivier senses something strangely familiar about him. He discusses the boy with his ex-wife Magali (Isabella Soupart). She conforms his suspicions and now Olivier must hold his tongue in order to get closer to the boy.

Francis, just fresh out of juvenile jail, is the one responsible for the murder of Olivier's child and he is here getting the training so he can turn his life around and start over. Olivier becomes obsessed and even goes as far as stalking the boy and trying to hold his tongue in class. Francis does not realize still what Olivier's roll in his life is but eventually the two must confront their demons and lay it all out on the table.

2002 - Fils - Cannes Film Festival - Best Actor.

New Yorker Films
Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Writers: Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Producers: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Denis Freyd, Luc Dardenne
I viewed 2/07

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