Joachim Lafosse’s riveting, unsparing look at desperation opens with an indelible image: a woman sobbing from a hospital bed followed by four tiny coffins being loaded onto a plane. After that harrowing first scene, Our Children, which was inspired by an actual infanticide case in Belgium, flashes back to a happier time for that distraught woman, Murielle (Émilie Dequenne), now seen in a passionate embrace with her husband-to-be, Mounir (Tahar Rahim). Shortly after they wed, the financially struggling yet blissfully enamored couple moves into the home of André (Niels Arestrup), a well-regarded doctor who’s long been a father figure for Mounir. The physician’s generosity, however, is soon revealed to be a pretext for wielding control over the young husband and wife—a dynamic to which Mounir willingly complies but one that leaves Murielle feeling ever more isolated and claustrophobic. Made to feel like an intruder by the domineering, possessive André, who is quick to align Mounir against his overwhelmed spouse, Murielle falls into even deeper despondency after giving birth to four children in quick succession. Lafosse makes viewers understand the circumstances behind the heinous act that Murielle commits, yet his clear-eyed empathy never diminishes the crime’s horror.
With Our Children, Joachim Lafosse seems hellbent on avoiding any hint of sensationalism.
—Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
Joachim Lafosse, Matthieu Reynaert, Thomas Bidegain
André Pinget: Niels Arestrup
Mounir: Tahar Rahim
Murielle: Emilie Dequenne
Best Actress – Un certain regard, Emilie Dequenne – Cannes Film Festival (2012)
LANGUAGE Arabic, French
RUNNING TIME 111 min
PRODUCTION Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, 2012
FORMAT(S) DCP and Blu-Ray
$350 to $500 pending format and venue size
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