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The Son (2002)
"Le fils" (original title)

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A joinery instructor at a rehab center refuses to take a new teen as his apprentice, but then begins to follow the boy through the hallways and streets.

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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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Guldpalmen for bedste mandlige skuespiller 2002[Denmark]

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9 October 2002 (Belgium)  »

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$585 (USA) (30 May 2003)

Gross:

$65,571 (USA) (17 October 2003)
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I am absolutely impressed!
15 October 2002 | by (Liège - Belgium) – See all my reviews

`Rosetta', the previous movies made by the `brothers' - as Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are referred to in Belgium - was great. What makes `Le Fils' even more enthusiasting is that the authors have now reached a point of perfection where they can tell us a sophisticate story which deals with some of the most devastating feelings we could face; but still, they treat the subject with an amazing simplicity and humanity. I could only compare this movies with some pieces of music by Charlie Haden: essential.


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