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There are few actors working today quite as gifted as Tahar Rahim. A bold statement, perhaps, but his work in films such as A Prophet, The Past and Our Children are cementing him as one of the finest actors outside of Hollywood – and it’s the latter production, out now on DVD and Blu-ray, that we had the pleasure of catching up with him about.
Our Children, directed by Joachim Lafosee, is a devastating drama that sees Rahim play the male lead Mounir, married to Murielle (Émilie Dequenne) as the pair struggle to raise a family, with the consistent presence of doctor André (Niels Arestrup) disrupting matters somewhat. It’s emotional and upsetting, and Rahim discusses his research on the real life story this drama is based upon. He also tells us what makes a good script stand out to him, what it’s like teaming up once again with »
- Stefan Pape
Dennis Lehane will write the English-language remake of Un prophète (A Prophet). The original 2009 film directed by Jacques Audiard, followed an Arab man who became a gang kingpin after being sent to a French prison. Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Hichem Yacoubi and Reda Kateb starred. Neal H. Moritz produces the remake. Lehane is the author of the Martin Scorsese-directed Shutter Island starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo and Ben Kingsley, as well as Clint Eastwood's Mystic River starring Sean Penn and Ben Affleck-directed Gone Baby Gone frontlined by brother Casey Affleck. »
★★★★☆ Belgian director Joachim Lafosse seems to lay all of his cards on the table in the opening moments of his fifth feature, Our Children (2012). The action commences with a plaintive Murielle (an award-winning Émilie Dequenne) asking from a hospital bed for her children to be buried in Morocco, before four tiny coffins are seen being loaded onto a plane. Giving away its ending like that may seem a dangerous gambit, but since its inception in ancient Athens, tragic drama has always been about watching the lamentable decline of a protagonist whose sorrowful fate is already known to an informed audience.
The impact of this devastating finale is in no way undermined by a knowledge of the ultimate conclusion. No sooner are we aware of what awaits than Jean-François Hensgens' intimate camerawork is concerning itself with the initially flushes of passion between a vivacious young Murielle and Moroccan immigrant Mounir »
- CineVue UK
An uncommon film of great sensitivity, “The Dune” delivers a beautifully understated portrayal of the consequences of choosing a particular path at life’s crossroads. First-time feature helmer Yossi Aviram proves exceptionally gifted with his stellar cast, whose nuanced performances find gold in the spare script about an older gay police officer in France whose long-estranged son in Israel comes to make a connection. Perceptively commenting on the passage of time, the film is the kind of sleeper that appears out of nowhere yet makes an impact; it won best debut at the Haifa Film Festival and could see limited arthouse play.
Although gay-themed, with a rare portrayal of an older same-sex couple at its heart, there’s no reason why the pic need be relegated to the queer circuit, although such showcases will likely boost its profile. Equally key to the film’s appeal, especially for mature audiences, is »
- Jay Weissberg
‘Bad Hair’ day at San Sebastian Film Festival: Venezuelan film wins Golden Shell (photo: Samuel Lange Zambrano in ‘Bad Hair’) Mariana Rondón’s Bad Hair / Pelo malo won the Golden Shell at the 2013 San Sebastian Film Festival, which wrapped up today, September 28, in northern Spain’s coastal city also known as Donostia (in Basque). The Venezuelan / Peruvian / German co-production tells the story of a nine-year-old boy (Samuel Lange Zambrano) with "bad hair," who decides to have his unruly curls molded pop-singer style (Justin Bieber’s?) for his yearbook picture. His mother (Samantha Castillo), however, is against it — the boy’s new hairdo is just not manly enough. Family conflicts ensue. The San Sebastian Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize went to newcomer Fernando Franco’s Wounded / La herida, a Spanish drama about a 30-year-old ambulance driver whose life falls to pieces as a consequence of her undiagnosed Borderline Personality Disorder. »
- Andre Soares
Written by Christophe Blain and Abel Lanzac
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier
Promoted as a French comedy in the spirit of In The Loop and Veep, Quai d’Orsay is a very enjoyable watch, full of wit and fun. Based on the graphic novel of the same name written by Antonin Baudry (under the pseudonym Abel Lanzac) and based on his own experiences, the film follows a young politico (Raphael Personnaz) navigating his way as a speechwriter for the French foreign minister (Thierry Lhermitte). Nearly blindsided by the hurdles of his new position, Arthur Vlaminck (Personnaz) works through no to little guidance, some in-office saboteurs, and the slamming doors and blown away papers that mark the minister’s coming and going (to the chagrin of the office cat). For most of the film, Vlaminck is working on one very important speech, one that has him running around »
- Diana Drumm
A government office that functions much like “The Office” is the setting of “Quai d’Orsay,” a sparkling and savvy comedy of political manners from the unlikely hand of veteran French auteur Bertrand Tavernier. Best known at home and abroad for sweeping historical epics like “Captain Conan,” “Life and Nothing More” and the recent “Princess of Montpensier,” Tavernier jettisoned much of his usual crew (save for composer Philippe Sarde) for this adaptation of the popular graphic novels by author Antonin Baudry (writing under the pen name Abel Lanzac) and illustrator Christophe Blain, and the spry, pleasingly funny result has a greater snap and energy than Tavernier’s last several pics. While it would be easy to dismiss “Quai” as “too French” for foreign export, there are many virtues here for which no translation is needed — chiefly, Thierry Lhermitte’s hilarious central perf as a vain politico who abounds with the »
- Scott Foundas
French actor Niels Arestrup's career spans almost 40 years. He has worked with such directors as Alain Resnais, Chantal Akerman and Claude Sautet. But it's Jacques Audiard's films of the last decade -- The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005), A Prophet (2009) -- in which he plays stern father figures that really put him on the map. With that unmistakable white mane and stop-in-your-tracks stare, he is also fantastic as an overbearing father in Gilles Legrand's You Will Be My Son, a family drama set in the Bordeaux wine region of France.Paul de Marseul (Arestrup) is an owner of prestigious winery. He has a dilemma. He really doesn't like the idea of his meek son Martin (Lorant Deutsch) taking over the business that's been...
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“You Will Be My Son” could very well be the “Moby Dick” of stories about realistically awful fathers. The beauty of a gorgeous vineyard in France is obscured by the monstrous countenance of Paul de Marseul (Niels Arestrup), a bitter old man caring for his massive wine business with a pompous sense of ownership that shrinks all those around him. The man who bears the brunt of this condescension, however, is his own son. Paul considers himself raised off the land whereas dedicated son Martin (Lorant Deutsch) is college-educated. Paul, a beefy, overweight older man with a brusque manner, barrels into rooms with his top buttons undone, his beard unkempt and usually with a bottle of wine in his chubby fingers. Martin, by contrast, is a lanky, weak-chinned intellectual with a finely-ironed wardrobe and a knowledge of wine that comes not from taste or touch, but from books. Nonetheless, Martin »
- Gabe Toro
A critical digest of the week’s latest U.S. theatrical releases. Where applicable, links to longer reviews have been provided.
Distributor: The Weinstein Co.
The director of “Precious” and “The Paperboy” plays things relatively straight in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” a sprawling, highly fictional biopic of longtime White House butler Eugene Allen that also positions itself as a panoramic snapshot of the African-American experience across nine decades. But if Daniels has tamped down the kinky sexuality and outre stylistic flourishes for his first PG-13 outing, his handprints can still be found in the film’s volatile mix of acting styles, gratuitous sentimentality cut with moments of real emotional power, and a tone that seesaws between serious social melodrama and outsized chitlin’-circuit theatrical. At its root the kind of starry, old-fashioned prestige pic the studios used to make, this stealthy late-summer release from the Weinstein Co. »
- Variety Staff
The Great Santini with a pinch of Straw Dogs in French wine country, Gilles Legrand’s You Will Be My Son recalls the “A” pictures Hollywood has basically stopped making. Whether Legrand’s alternately compelling and clichéd drama of father-son struggles achieves the greatness of the aforementioned films is another matter. Paul de Merseul (Niels Arestrup) is a revered French vintner, lording over his estate with kingly resolve. His mousy heir apparent, son Martin (Lorànt Deutsch), is an object of constant disdain for Paul―so when head winemaker François (Patrick Chesnais) falls ill and his handsome son Philippe (Nicolas Bridet) arrives to help, the stars align for Paul to have a new second-in-command. Further complic »
The Meek Shall Inherit: Legrand’s Familial Conflict a Seething, Elegant Drama
French director Gilles Legrand, (though perhaps better known as a producer on titles for Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Patrice Leconte) scores an uncomfortably vicious drama with his third feature, concerning a father’s hated for his heir with You Will Be My Son. Operating like the patriarchal flipside of a the main motif behind a 2007 Isabelle Huppert vehicle, L’amour Cache, Legrand twists the discomfort unrelentingly, which may strike many as over the top or even melodramatic. But the patriarchal poison on display here, while perhaps just a titch predictable, is nonetheless as elegantly made as the fine wines that fuel the narrative.
Paul de Marseul (Niels Arestrup) is a successful winemaker, whose vineyard may not be the most financially stable, but who has an uncanny ability to make (and detect) fine wines. However, his son and only heir to the business, »
- Nicholas Bell
Ever since breaking out in Jacques Audiard's "A Prophet," Tahar Rahim has been actor many have been keeping an eye out. While he dabbled in Hollywood fare with a role in "The Eagle," he's mostly played to his strengths by sticking with foreign projects and this year alone, he featured in two films at Cannes: the nuclear romance "Grand Central" opposite Lea Seydoux, and Asghar Farhadi's critically acclaimed ensemble drama "The Past." On the way is another picture, one that spent 2012 on the festival circuit hitting Cannes, Karlovy Vary, Zurich, Hamburg, New York, Göteborg, Seattle, São Paulo and more — Joachim Lafosse's "Our Children." Co-starring Emilie Dequenne and Niels Arestrup, the film tells the story of Mounir (Rahim), who ever since he was a boy has been living with and provided for by Doctor Pinget (Arestrup), living a comfortable life. But, when Mounir and his girlfriend Murielle (Dequenne »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Can a film that holds no surprises be of value? In the case of Our Children, which masterfully plays with stylistic conventions and all-too-common instances of real-life infanticide, the answer is decidedly yes. Originally given the more direct title of À perdre la raison, the story concerns Mounir (Tahar Rahim), a young Moroccan man who isn't living up to the expectations of his surrogate father, paper-marriage brother-in-law, and mentor, Dr. André Pinget (Niels Arestrup). Instead of completing medical school, Mounir is consumed by his passion for Murielle (Émilie Dequenne). With true love on their side, they marry and have four children in rapid succession—yet, due to financial and murky emotional reasons, continue to live with Pinget. Focus g »
Belgium's 2012 Oscar entry “Our Children,” directed by Joachim Lafosse, is based on real events that took place in a Brussels suburb in 2007, where a woman systematically murdered her children with a kitchen knife. It spans six or seven years, starting from the happy honeymoon between schoolteacher Murielle (Émilie Dequenne) and Mounir (Tahar Rahim, "A Prophet"), through the birth of their four children and the increasingly strained tension in their marriage, to the killings. This isn’t a spoiler -- the film, told in flashback, begins with a shot of four small coffins being loaded into a plane’s cargo hold. In some ways Murielle and Mounir have a typical romance, beginning with starry eyes, dopey grins and complete willingness to give themselves to one another. But in one crucial way their relationship and marriage differs from others. Mounir is inextricably tied to Dr. André Pinget (Niels Arestrup), a seemingly selfless »
- Beth Hanna
Feature projects by some of the world’s leading auteurs, including Nanni Moretti, the Dardenne brothers, Abel Ferrara and Volker Schlondorff, are among 34 co-productions to share Euros 10.3 million ($13.5 million) in production funding awarded by the Council of Europe’s Eurimages Fund on Tuesday.
Moretti’s “Margherita,” which is co-produced by Italy’s Sacher Film and Fandango, and France’s Le Pacte, received $654,125.
“Deux jours, une nuit,” by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, was awarded $654,125. Co-producers are Belgium’s Les Films Du Fleuve, France’s Archipel 35 and Italy’s Bim Distribuzione. Pic stars Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione and Olivier Gourmet.
Ferrara’s “Pasolini,” which partners France’s Capricci Films, Italy’s Urania Pictures and Belgium’s Tarantula Belgique, was given $627,964.
Schlondorff’s “Diplomatie,” which nabbed $627,964, is co-produced by France’s Film Oblige and Gaumont, and Germany’s Blueprint Film. Pic stars Andre Dussollier and Niels Arestrup.
- Leo Barraclough
Joachim Lafosse's Our Children picked up a Best Actress award in Cannes prior to being Belgium's official submission for the 2012 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and iwth the film now slated to open theatrically at the Elinor Bunin Monroe Theater in NY on Aug 2nd and the Laemmle Royal Theater in La on Aug 9th Twitch is happy to premiere the Us poster for the film.Murielle (Emilie Dequenne) and Mounir (Tahar Rahim) love each other passionately. Ever since he was a boy, the young man has been living with Doctor Pinget (Niels Arestrup) who provides him with a comfortable life. When Mounir and Murielle decide to marry and have children, the couple's dependence on the doctor becomes excessive. Murielle finds herself caught up in...
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Emir Baigazin’s Harmony Lessons won the 39th Seattle International Film Festival’s Best New Director grand jury prize on Sunday  as top brass handed out jury and audience awards.Scroll down for full list of winners
The Siff 2013 Best Documentary grand jury prize went to Penny Lane’s Our Nixon and Lucy Walker earned a special jury prize for The Crash Reel, while Kyle Patrick Alvarez took the Best New American Cinema grand jury prize for C.O.G.
The Best Director Golden Space Needle Award went to Nabil Ayouch for Horses Of God, while best actor was awarded to James Cromwell for Still Mine and best actress to Samantha Morton for Decoding Annie Parker.
The Best Short Film Golden Space Needle Award was presented to [link »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Original Film's Neal H Moritz (Fast and Furious 6, 21 Jump Street) and Toby Jaffe will be producing a remake of the French film A Prophet through Sony Pictures. Sony just picked up the rights to remake the 2010 film which was nominated for an Oscar and won the Cannes Film Festival's Grand Prize.
The French film centered on a "young man's rise to power in a criminal syndicate after he is mentored by a crime boss" and was awards nine Cesar Awards (the French version of the Oscars). The original movie was directed by Jacques Audiard and starred Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup and Hichem Yacoubi. There's no word yet on who will direct or star in the remake.
"This is an epic crime saga with compelling characters and original storytelling," explained Moritz, announcing the acquisition. "I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to make an English language version of the film and »
Sony to make English-language version of French crime film, with Fast & Furious producer Neal Moritz at helm
Studio Sony has bought the rights to Audiard's unorthodox gangster flick, the tale of a young and guileless French-Algerian felon who flourishes after becoming the prison pet of a greasy Corsican gangster. Tahar Rahim and Niels Arestrup took the lead roles in the original film, which won the Grand Prix at Cannes and was France's entry for the foreign-language Oscar as well as the winner of a remarkable nine prizes at the Césars, the nation's top film award ceremony.
The Us version is being put together by producer Neal Moritz, who is best known for the enduringly popular Fast & Furious movies. Moritz has history, good and bad, in the remake game: he oversaw the »
- Ben Child
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