Director: Joachim Lafosse
Cast: Niels Arestrup, Tahar Rahim, Emilie Dequenne
Country of origin: Belgium 2012
Un Certain Regard Best Actress Emilie Dequenne Cannes 2012 , Winner Best Screenplay Venice 2012, 2013 Prix Louis Delluc Nominee (Best French Film of the Year), Belgium Official Entry 2013 Academy Awards
Language: French and Arabic with English subtitles
'Talked about as one of the top ten Art House World Cinema films of 2012, 'Our Children' is an acclaimed drama based on true events'.
It's absolute and total love. Murielle(Emilie Dequenne) is head-over-heals in love with Mounir (Tahar Rahim) a Moroccan doctor. It can only lead to marriage and a family.
Mournir's adoptive father, Dr Andre Pinget's (Niels Arestrup) generosity knows no bounds, his home is theirs, Mounir is invited to join the practice and they want for nothing but gradually Mournir and Murielle's lives are taken over and the weak and indecisive Mournir becomes complicit in the developing friction between Andre and Murielle.
The movie's told in flashbacks the euphoria, ease and romance of the early days of marriage begins to change and this multilayered drama shows a dark side. The claustrophobic atmosphere sees Murielle trapped by the constant demands of the children, doubt about her abilities as a mother and with Mournir's growing indifference and depression she begins a terrifying descent into oblivion.
A possessive love so controlled that it results in the most appalling cruelty with no understanding of the results of the actions makes for a terrifying scenario.
In cinema there can be unforgettable moments, images that remain and none more so than Murielle singing a Julien Clerc song as she begins her descent into oblivion and her hesitatingly selecting a knife from the shelf and placing it in her bag as she shops with her children chills to the bone.
It's a drama observed with striking visual accuracy by Jean-Francois Hensgens' camera and backed with Scarlatti's baroque operas and Haydn's string, it's an elegantly restrained non-sensationalist psycodrama.
'All tragedies begin as a love story'. Joachim Lafosse New York Film Festival.
Released by PECCADILLO PICTURES 28th October 2013