Le Fils de Joseph / The Son of Joseph

American-born, Paris-based, and French through and through, eccentric
auteur Eugène Green follows his international breakthrough La Sapienza
with another story about the passing of knowledge and strength from one
generation to another—from older to younger, but also, and most importantly,
from younger to older. The Son of Joseph is a loose retelling of the Nativity set
in modern-day Paris, in a literary milieu depicted with a fiercely satirical touch.
Teenager Vincent lives alone with his mother Marie and has never known his
father. One day he discovers that the man who impregnated his mother is
Oscar Pormenor, a dissolute, elitist publisher played with comic gusto by the
great Mathieu Amalric. In trying and failing to approach his biological father,
Vincent meets Joseph, Oscar’s brother—the black sheep of the Pormenor
family, and a man of deep natural goodness. Vincent resolves to serve as
matchmaker to Joseph and his single mother Marie, thereby turning Joseph
into his father and creating an inspiring allegory that indicates that the man
can be made by the child and the family based on values rather than blood. The
Son of Joseph introduces the captivating Victor Ezenfis as Vincent, who joins
Eugène Green regulars Fabrizio Rongione and Natacha Régnier in performing
in Green’s signature affectless style, opening their faces to the viewer’s gaze
with a generosity that this spiritual filmmaker and warrior against cynicism
would certainly suggest is a view into their souls.

Eugene Green

Eugene Green

Victor Ezenfis
Natacha Régnier
Fabrizio Rongione
Mathieu Amalric

Comedy, Drama
115 min.
France, 2016
Blu-Ray, DCP, DVD

Kino Lorber