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Archive: Fall 2005

New Francophone Cinema:
Le Fils

Introduction by Julien Weber, Ph.D program
UCI Department of French and Italian

A tale of compassion and connection concerns a divorced carpentry instruction at a vocational training center who finds himself turned upside down by the arrival of a mysterious student. (press release)

The Dardenne brothers have established themselves as one of Belgium’s finest creative talents, capturing two Palm D’or awards in Cannes in the last seven years for Rosetta and The Child. In between those two films, they made The Son, which while falling just short of the top prize in Cannes, has still received worldwide acclaim, an exemplary portrayal of the Dardennes’ deep ruminations on the human experience. Steeped in stark realist style with mobile cameras, The Son also highlights the extraordinary acting skills of Olivier Gourmet.

“Cinematically speaking, Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne are a modern-day miracle. They make detailed, tangible accounts of workaday life, their milieu an unlovely post-industrial Belgium; and yet these films are hinged on the gravest moral questions, their dramatic temper worthy of Sophocles or Dostoevsky. La Promesse and Rosetta were studies in conscience and betrayal; The Son weighs the balance of revenge and forgiveness.” —Richard Kelly, Sight and Sound

2002 Belgium / France • 103 minutes • 35mm
Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne.
In French with Engligh subtitles.

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