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Olivier
Morgan Marinne ...
Francis
Isabella Soupart ...
Magali
Nassim Hassaïni ...
Omar
Kevin Leroy ...
Raoul
Félicien Pitsaer ...
Steve
Rémy Renaud ...
Philippo (as Remy Renaud)
Annette Closset ...
La Directrice du Centre
Fabian Marnette ...
Rino
Pierre Nisse ...
Apprenti Soudeur 1
Stephan Barbason ...
Apprenti Soudeur 2
David Manna ...
Apprenti Soudeur 3
Abdellah Amarjouf ...
Apprenti Soudeur 4
Jimmy Deloof ...
Dany
Anne Gerard ...
La Mère de Dany (as Gérard Anne)
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Olivier - meticulous, careful, even-handed - teaches carpentry at a vocational school in Liège. He's asked to take on Francis, 16, a new student. He declines the request then begins to watch, even spy on, the new lad. Olivier knows something. Later that day, he's visited by Magali, his ex-wife, who tells him that she's remarrying and is pregnant. Olivier seems to follow instinctive responses: "why today?" he demands of Magali; he continues to follow Francis; he changes his mind about enrolling the youth. What's the history between the two? After that becomes clear, what is it Olivier will do? Is this precise and measured carpenter in control of himself? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$585 (USA) (30 May 2003)

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$65,571 (USA) (17 October 2003)
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Dardenne brothers' purest movie
7 October 2002 | by (Liege, belgium) – See all my reviews

I saw "le fils" last Saturday during a sneak preview with the directors and actors. All I can say is that this movie moved me. One can say that the shoulder's cam make him/her sick (this was my case). One can say that this movie is boring and that nothing happens (that is also my case). One can say that half of the screen is wasted by the Olivier Gourmet's face close-up. But, at the end of the movie, you can feel the power of the movie. You are moved by this movie because Olivier and the Dardenne expressed the purest emotions.


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