Son frère (2003)

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Two brothers with a problematic relationship in the past, find together again when the elder one gets a dangerous disease and asks his brother to accompany him to several doctors.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathalie Boutefeu ...
Maurice Garrel ...
Le vieil homme
Catherine Ferran ...
Head Doctor
Antoinette Moya ...
La mère
Sylvain Jacques ...
Fred Ulysse ...
Le père
Robinson Stévenin ...
Claudine Benichou
Véronique Iafrate
Cathy Roudaut
Sabrina Fessan
Catherine Moulin
Sandrine Faccini


Thomas is slowly dying. He has accepted this and has decided to wait for his death on the coast, at the house where he spent his childhood. His imminent death will nevertheless cause catastrophe for those around him, forcing them to re-examine their own existence, and thus prompt change in the course of their own lives. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Release Date:

10 September 2003 (France)  »

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Son Frère (His Brother)  »

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Performed by Marianne Faithfull
Written by Marianne Faithfull, Frank McGuinness (as Frank McGuiness), Angelo Badalamenti
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A slow film with excellent acting by the two main characters.
3 October 2004 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw Son Frere recently in Montreal in the original French (no subtitles). It certainly was a "brooding" dark film that really concentrated on closeups and detail in the European tradition. For me, the changes in time and settings did not take away from the relationship theme of the two brothers and their gradual reconciliation. I thought the detailed hospital scenes were a bit long but very realistic, though sombre. Ironically, I did not find the film depressing as it gave hope that something good comes in times of crisis. I will remember the film more for the two main actors, who I think were very well cast in these roles. It was more like watching a play or "the real thing" with long moments of silence or little spoken to reflect. Not a film that may have "mass appeal" but worthwhile seeing and memorable.

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